Conspiracy angle to be probed in Dhanbad violence: DGP



Ranchi: The violence in Dhanbad of Jharkhand was beyond expectation and a possible conspiracy angle would be enquired by the one-man committee headed by North Chotanagpur Divisional Commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Jharkhand police chief GS Rath said on Thursday.

"We did not expect yesterday's violence in Dhanbad to take such a bad shape. It was beyond expectation. Anti-social persons must have conspired and this angle will be investigated by the divisional commissioner," Rath and Home Secretary JB Tubid told a joint news conference here.

"The enquiry by divisional commissioner will look into all aspects," Rath said when asked whether the police suspected political conspiracy or any extremist element aggravating the situation.

They said curfew in Dhanbad had to be imposed last evening after incidents of arson and ransacking continued at other places too, adding the administration would review if relaxation of curfew could be given to help the people fetch essential commodities.

The DGP said four persons had been killed and 29 others, including 12 policemen, were injured in the violence after the police went to assist the Bharat Coking Coal Limited in the anti-encroachment drive at Matkoria.

Some anti-social elements organised the violence as the BCCL quarters were vacated by the CISF earlier, he added. Out of the 17 injured from the public side, 10 persons had suffered bullet injuries and the rest received pellet strokes.

"The condition of all them is normal," DGP said.

In all 60 rounds of bullets were fired during the violence at three places at Matkoria under Kenduadih police station, he said.

The police found pellets of country-made guns which pointed to the involvement of the anti-social elements, Home Secretary JB Tubid said.

The officials reminded that the police had gone to assist the public sector in implementing the high court directives.

PTI