Stop framing innocents in Dhanbad firing incident: Shakeel

Ranchi: Congress on Wednesday accused the Arjun Munda government of trying to frame "innocent" party workers in connection with the April 27 police firing incident at Matkoria in Dhanbad in which four persons were killed during the anti-encroachment drive.

"The police are trying to selectively frame party workers and intimidating eyewitnesses (during interrogation). We condemn such steps and the Congress will oppose it tooth and nail," AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told newsmen here.

"The state government has been blaming the high court for the anti-encroachment drive. But its advocates had informed the high court that the administration would demolish structures (in encroached land) in every district while the court asked on selective places. This shows the government's dual policy with regard to the people's interests," he claimed.

Ahmed, who is also the party's in-charge for Jharkhand Affairs, alleged that the government had not yet empowered the panchayat bodies though elections had been held six months ago.

As part of agitation, the Congress workers would go for a day's hunger strike at all block headquarters on May 16, take out protest march from May 22 to 29 at various places in districts and a rally would be held on May 31 to put pressure on the government to work in the interest of the people and "desist from heaping miseries on the people".

Ahmed also called on Governor M O H Farook, which the Congress leader described as courtesy call.