Days after Hindu outfits attacked Bokaro police station, Jharkhand cops unable to trace culprits

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Days after men belonging to several militant Hindu outfits burned police vehicles and attacked police station in Bokaro, cops are still clueless on arresting the culprits.

On 16 March, goons from Banjrang Dal wanted to teach a Muslim youth a lesson because of his alleged act of commenting on and sharing objectionable post on social media.

The police thwarted their attempts to hand out vigilante “justice”, leading the mob to shift their anger on the cops. They, mostly from Bajrang Dal and other right-wing Hindu groups attacked the Bermo police station in Bokaro, damaging police vehicles, and also torching more than half-a-dozen meat shops, all owned by Muslims.

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Among these are Bajrang Dal activist Rudra Singh; Ramu Bigar, who claims to be local leader of Hindu Jagran Manch; and Pankaj Pandey, who claims to be the VHP block president. All three are said to be absconding.

The police FIR has named 50 people, including the Muslim youth. Among them are Bajrang Dal activist Rudra Singh; Ramu Bigar, who claims to be local leader of Hindu Jagran Manch; and Pankaj Pandey, who claims to be the VHP block president. All three are said to be absconding.

Rudra’s father Rakesh Singh, a trade unionist associated with BJP for long, said: “I have asked the administration to hang my son if he was found present on the spot that day. He was in Rajasthan. If he has been implicated falsely, those who named him in FIR should be punished.”

Communal incidents have sharply increased in Jharkhand since the BJP formed the government in the state.

On Friday, two Muslim men including one 12-year-old boy were killed hanged from a tree for herding cattle outside the state.

Giving justification, Chief Minister Raghubar Das had had said that taking cattle outside the state was banned in his state.

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