Ranchi: 12 persons hurt in clashes during anti-encroachment drive
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 16:32
Ranchi: The police on Tuesday lathicharged and opened fire after seven of its men were injured when protesters clashed with it during an anti-demolition drive near Islam Nagar, minutes before Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay was arrested for staging a demonstration in Ranchi.

"The policemen had to open fire after a mob threw crude bombs and stones at the securitymen, injuring seven of our policemen," Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar, said.

Sahay, who was on a sit-in since 10 am, was arrested, in the afternoon, he said and added the situation was under control.

An assistant of the Union Minister, Ravikant Kapoor, claimed that Sahay and several of his supporters had received injuries in police lathicharge while one suffered a bullet injury and his condition was stated to be critical.

However, City Superintendent of Police Shambu Thakur said five persons were injured in police lathicharge and they have no information about any person getting injured from police firing.

The minister has been protesting against the anti-encroachment drive at Islam Nagar for the last few days.


First Published: Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 16:32

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