Jharkhand’s BJP govt condemned for police firing killing 4 farmers

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CPI and the RJD chief Lalu Yadav on Monday condemned the Jharkhand’s BJP government for the police firing on farmers in Jharkhand on Saturday that claimed at least four lives and demanded a high-level judicial probe into it.

Terming the incident as “atrocious”, the party also sought adequate compensation to the next of kin of those killed and to those wounded, CPI National Secretary D Raja said.

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“In the name of mining, land of poor farmers was being grabbed and such heinous atrocities are being perpetrated on those who lost their lands and were protesting,” he said.

Former Bihar chief minister and the RJD chief Lalu Yadav tweeted, “Do u kw 7 farmers hv been killed by BJP’s Jharkhand govt for not giving their fertile land to capitalists? No debates, No Exclusive stories. (sic)”

At least four people were killed and dozens injured when police opened fire on people demanding suspension of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) mining sites in Barkagaon, on the outskirts of Hazaribagh, on Saturday.

The CPI(M), CPI(ML), Marxist Coordination Committee, SUCI (C) have also condemned the “indiscriminate firing” by the police on villagers who were on a sit-in demonstration at NTPC mining area at Barkagaon, demanding proper compensation and employment for the displaced. The Left Parties had also organised protest actions in the state yesterday.

Trouble began at Chirudih when the police team reached a dharna spot and faced stones and lathis by the protesting people, mainly raiyats, a senior police officer said.

The agitators have been demanding suspension of mining operation by the NTPC at Chirudih, settlement of land acquisition and payment of compensation to the displaced raiyats as per the provision of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act and employment to each displaced person.

As the mob became unruly, to control the situation police used force including firing leading to the death of four and causing injury to more than 10, the officer said.

The injured were admitted to Hazaribagh Sadar hospital and some of them were airlifted to RIMS in Ranchi for better treatment, the officer added.

The injured included several officials from Police and the Block, some of whom were airlifted to (RIMS) Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, by helicopter for better treatment, the police said.

The injured personnel included Kuldeep Kumar Additional SP (Operation), Circle Officer Shailesh Kumar Singh, ASI Amit Singh, police constables Mobil Ram, Krishna Sao, Anil Singh and Sunil Kumar.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das directed state Home Secretary NN Pandey, Cabinet Secretary SS Meena and ADG (CID) Ajay Kumar Singh to conduct a probe and give a report.

The Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Inspector General of Police would assist the probe team, an official release said.

(With PTI inputs)

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