Uneasy calm prevailed in Barkagaon area of Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district on Sunday, a day after four persons were killed in pitched clashes between police and people protesting against an NTPC project. The local administration has deployed RAF and Jharkhand Armed Police in the area.
Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma and DGP D K Pandey, meanwhile, visited Barkagaon and took stock of the situation. They said that a detail inquiry will be carried out and the guilty will be brought to book. Chief Minister Raghubar Das has already announced a three-member team comprising Home Secretary N N Pandey, Cabinet Secretary S S Meena and ADG (CID) Ajay Kumar Singh to probe the violence. Police have registered an FIR, but made no arrests till late Sunday evening. As of now, our focus is on restoring normalcy, they said.
According to a senior police officer, local Congress MLA Nirmala Devi, who was leading the protest, has been named in the FIR. “She was not only present at the spot, but also indulged in assaulting a woman police officer,” said the officer on condition of anonymity.
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On Saturday morning, police had arrested the MLA, who was leading a protest against the coal mining project of NTPC in Chirudih village of Barkagaon for the past 15 days. However, a mob attacked the police team, which was escorting Nirmala Devi, and forcibly took her away.