Chakradharpur: A day after the killing of a Bajrang Dal worker, violent clashes broke out between two groups at Chakradharpur in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district on Sunday. The clash took place when the dead activist’s body was being taken by his supporters to the crematorium, despite prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) being imposed, a senior police officer said. District Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ananya Mittal said that the police had to use mild force to disperse the crowd.
stone pelting between 2 groups
He told that as soon as people reached Pawan Chowk in Chakradharpur with the dead body, the violence started. People from two groups clashed and started pelting stones at each other abusing them. The DC said that the police fired tear gas and resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the miscreants. The body was then taken to the crematorium, where the last rites were performed.
6 shops and one vehicle damaged in violence
Mittal, along with Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Shekhar, is currently camping in the troubled town. According to police sources, six shops and a vehicle were damaged in the fight. Unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants killed Bajrang Dal worker Kamaldev Giri (35) by hurling country-made bombs near Bharat Bhawan Chowk on Saturday evening, leading to tension in the town.
Supporters of Bajrang Dal had closed the Chakradharpur-Ranchi road for nearly three hours demanding immediate action against the accused. They called off the dharna after the police intervened and assured justice. Asked whether any arrests have been made or anyone has been taken into custody in this regard, Mittal said that the matter is under investigation.
District Deputy Commissioner Ananya Mittal said this
Mittal said, “The postmortem of Giri’s body was done by a panel of doctors in the presence of a magistrate at the sub-divisional hospital. We are waiting for the report.” Earlier in the day, Chakradharpur sub-divisional police officer Kapil Chaudhary had said, “Security forces, including Rapid Action Force personnel, have been deployed in sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order. Has gone.’
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