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A day after a man was killed in police firing in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, protesters vandalised houses of the deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and sub-divisional magistrate, and set fire to hoardings in the town on Sunday.
Police said the protesters had blocked most of the approach roads to Khunti town since Sunday morning.
“The protesters were expected to leave by evening. However, on their way back, they began targeting the houses of the top district officials, damaging anything and everything that came in their way. Police used mild force to disperse the mob,” said Additional SP (Operations) Anurag Raj, who was taken hostage by the protesting villagers on Saturday that led to the police opening fire.
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Meanwhile, several politicians met the family of Abraham Munda, who was killed in the police firing, and attacked the BJP government.
“It is to be seen whether the government’s bullets are more powerful or the people’s anger,” said former CM and JMM leader Hemant Soren.
Tribal leader Prem Shahi Munda said that they have demanded compensation of Rs 25 lakh from the government. “We have also demanded renaming of Seko Chowk after Abraham Munda, besides a job for a member of his family,” Prem Shahi added.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das blamed the Opposition for the death, saying they were getting people killed to serve their interests. He also said that nobody was above law and none would be spared.
All the opposition parties have called a state-wide bandh on Monday. Police said they have made adequate arrangements to maintain law and order.
Jharkhand Director General of Police D K Pandey said the police have video footage and photographs of Saturday’s incident. “The possibility of people having links with Maoists is very much there. But we will have to wait for a full inquiry,” he said.