A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Jharkhand co-incharge Tara Chand Bhagora, on Saturday met the families of the victims of cattle traders, who were killed on March 18 in Balumath area of Latehar district, and gave them assistance amount of Rs 1 lakh each.
Bhagora said that the Party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi had asked them to go on the ground and file a report, besides extending financial help to the families.
The families accepted the amount presented to them in cash. So far, they have refused to accept the compensation of the same amount announced by the state government.
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Bhagora said: “Party president and vice-president had directed state incharge B K Hariprasad to look into the incident. I was asked to go there. Rajya Sabha MP Dhiraj Sahu, former minister Rameshwar Oraon and K N Tripathi were with me. The amount of Rs 1 lakh to each of the families was given on behalf of the All-India Congress Committee president. We will also submit a report to the AICC on the basis of information collected from the ground. From what people told us, the matter snowballed into a huge confrontation between the police and the public because of the cops’ mishandling of the situation after the murders came to light.”
Earlier, State Congress Chief Sukhdeo Bhagat had also visited the families and had alleged that the state government of being insensitive to the great tragedy being faced by the two families.
Munnavvar Ansari, brother of Mohammad Majloom Ansari, one of the deceased said: “Initially, we were not accepting the amount as we felt that people may question our intentions since we have already refused to accept the CM’s compensation of the same amount. However, they (Congress delegation) insisted that it was not ‘compensation’ and was a way of helping the family, which is in great distress. We have accepted the amount, which was given in cash.”
On March 18, Mohammad Majloom Ansari (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) were killed and their bodies hanged from a tree in Jhabar village under Balumath police station area of Latehar district. They were on their way to a cattle fair in Hazaribagh along with their eight oxen. The police have arrested eight persons in this connection and maintained that the incident was a case of attempted loot of cattle.