Hazaribagh district administration has said police had to open fire on 1 October in Hazaribagh district as the agitators ignored all efforts and requests to disperse from the area peacefully.
“The police opened fire when all efforts to request the people failed,” Superintendent of Police Bhmsen Tuti told a joint press confernece with Deputy Commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla.
Shukla said that despite requests the mob forcibly dragged away two officials – ASP (Operation) Kuldip Kumar and Circle Officer of Barkagaon Shailesh Kumar Singh from their vehicles, took them to the nearby field and mercilessly assaulted them inflicting critical injuries.
Both had to be shifted to Ranchi and later to Delhi for treatment, the SP added.
Altogether 34 policemen were injured in that incident in which 68 rounds were fired by the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Jaguar Battalion deployed at Chirudih Coal Mining project of the NTPC.
The DC said the administration made all efforts to convince Congress MLA Nirmala Devi not to resort to activities like blocking roads and preventing movement of machineries, which were being shifted to the mining site of Triveni Sainik Construction company, engaged in the mining operation on behalf of the NTPC.
As all efforts were made to pacify Nirmala Devi to refrain from blockade, the NTPC lodged two FIRS against Nirmala Devi after which the police started operation and shifted Nirmala Devi from the spot by making preventive arrest of the MLA, the officials said.
However, when the MLA was being taken to Barkagaon police station, the mob protested and freed Nirmala Devi from the clutches of police at Darhikala, where clashes took place and firing resorted to.
The DC and SP also showed all the video clippings to media and emphasised though the firing took place in Darikala none of those either killed or injured belonged to that village and said it substantiated their claims that outsiders and anti-social elements were responsible for the entire incident.