JPP leader killed in Jharkhand

Jharkhand People`s Party leader Kanchan Kumar Mandal was killed by unidentified men while he was returning home from duty, police said on Thursday.

Updated: Dec 29, 2011, 21:34 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand People`s Party (JPP) leader Kanchan Kumar Mandal was killed by unidentified men while he was returning home from duty, police said on Thursday.
Mandal, who was block secretary of JPP`s Potka area
near here, was fatally attacked with sharp weapons while he
was returning on bicycle to his home in Sundernagar, last
night.

The exact cause behind the killing could not be
ascertained but a feud over a piece of land with his relatives
could be a possibility, police suspected adding that a massive
hunt was on the apprehend the culprits.

40-year-old Mandal was an active participant of the
separate Jharkhand statehood movement.

One person was detained for questioning in this
connection.

Senior police officials including Senior
Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Kumar Jha rushed to the spot
this morning to take stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, JPP and its students` wing All Jharkhand
Students Union (AJSU) served a 24-hour ultimatum to the
district administration to arrest the culprits, otherwise the
two alongwith Jharkhand Andolankari Manch (JAM), a body of
separate Jharkhand movement activists, will launch a massive
agitation soon.

They have called for Potka Block bandh tomorrow in
support of their demand, said Surya Singh Besra, president of
JPP.

Earlier, JPP-AJSU strongly protested the killing and
did not allow the police to conduct post-mortem till the
culprits were apprehended, Besra said.

A named FIR has been registered against five persons
based on the statement of the victim`s brother.

PTI