Jharkhand situation `gloomy`: Congress

The Congress Friday hinted that Jharkhand is a fit case for President`s rule following the twin police firing incidents that left the state in a "gloomy situation".

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 14:10 PM IST

Ranchi: The Congress Friday hinted that
Jharkhand is a fit case for President`s rule following the twin police firing incidents that left the state in a "gloomy situation".

"All signs show to that," AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed
told reporters here, not giving a direct reply to a query if
there was any chance of imposition of President`s rule for the
third time in the state.

"Everything depended on the Governor`s report and any
recommendations made to the Centre," said Ahmed, who is also
the Congress in-charge for Jharkhand affairs.

Ahmed was more specific about the prevailing situation in
Jharkhand which he termed as "gloomy" in the wake of the
back-to-back police firing incidents in Dhanbad and Ranchi
that claimed six lives and left several persons injured.
Rajbhavan sources said Governor M O H Farook and his
Principal Secretary Sudhir Kumar Tripathi were now in Delhi,
but neither denied nor confirmed if any report to the Centre
had been submitted in the wake of Wednesday`s police firing
during an anti-encroachment drive in Dhanbad`s Matkoria.

"Chief Minister Arjun Munda has become insensitive to the
volatile situation due to the anti-encroachment drive. His
government puts the onus on the high court for the ongoing
drive, but the court has never called for razing down houses
without rehabilitating the affected families," Ahmed said.

While four persons died in the firing in Dhanbad, in a
similar protest two died at Islam Nagar in Ranchi on April 5.
Ahmed said Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and AJSU should take
equal responsibility for the killings on the streets of
Jharkhand "in the garb of" anti-encroachment drive as they
share power with the BJP-led government.

"They cannot be mute spectators to the death of civilians
in police firing," he said, adding that the government should
not have demolished dwellings of families who had been living
there for 20 to 50 years.

PTI