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1 Killed In Police Firing, Cop Injured As Mob Vents Anger On Police In Jharkhand

KHUNTI, JHARKHAND: One person was killed and five others, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police and his bodyguard, were injured as police opened fire to disperse an unruly crowd at Soyko under Murhu police station of Khunti district on Saturday, a senior government official said.

The injured persons including the Deputy SP (HQ), Khunti, Vikas Anand Laguri and his bodyguard Narendra Sharma were being referred to Ranchi for treatment, Deputy Commissioner of Khunti, Chandrasekhar said.

The incident occurred when Additional Superintendent of Police, Anurag, rushed to Soyko on being informed about the assembly of large number of tribals, who were to take part in a rally in Ranchi.

As they did not get the vehicle to reach the venue, the mob gheraoed Anurag and the police personnel including the Officer In-charge of Murhu police station and took them into captivity, he said.

Mr Laguri, rushed to the spot but his bodyguard was attacked with a sharp weapon by the crowd and was badly injured, he said adding, the Deputy SP also sustained injuries.

After mild force failed to control the mob, the police resorted to firing in self-defence, which claimed the life of one Abraham Munda, a resident of Kolme village under Murhu Police Station, and injuring three others, he said.

All injured were rushed to the nearby hospital, where doctors referred them to RIMS, Ranchi.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das has announced Rs. two lakh for the bereaved family and Rs. one lakh to an injured woman. Mr Das said violence has no place in democracy.

PTI