One killed, several injured in police firing in Ranchi
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 20:53
Ranchi: One person was killed on Tuesday and a dozen injured when police opened fire on protesters opposing an anti-encroachment drive near Islamnagar here. While Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahai was arrested for staging a demonstration, the Congress has called for a bandh on Thursday to protest the firing.

"The police opened fire after a mob threw crude bombs and stones injuring seven policemen. One person killed in firing," Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar, said to a news agency.

The minister who was protesting the anti-encroachment drive for the last few days and was on a sit-in since 10:00 am was arrested, the SSP said.

Sahay claimed that the fatality of the firing was a boy who was sitting before him. "I was shocked," he said adding that the police also damaged five cars in which his supporters had accompanied him.

"Since I am a Union minister, I thought someone (officials) will brief me about it, but the police resorted to barbaric action instead."

His assistant, Ravikant Kapoor, claimed that the minister and several of his supporters were injured in the police lathicharge.

The anti-encroachment drive was taken up at the directive of the Jharkhand High Court.

Earlier, Sahay said he had spoken to Chief Secretary S K Choudhary yesterday urging him not to go ahead with the demolition drive before making alternative arrangements.

JPCC General Secretary Sailesh Sinha condemned the firing and accused the government of conspiracy in arresting the Union minister.

The Congress announced a dawn-to-dusk Ranchi bandh on Thursday in protest against the police firing and lathicharge on demonstrators, including Congress leaders.


First Published: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 20:53

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