The state government Friday declared ban on Jharkhand Tiger Group (also called Tiger Group). The government said that the JTG was a cadre of anti-social elements that was founded and run by Yogendra Saw, Congress leader and former MLA of Barkagaon in Hazaribagh district. Saw’s wife Nirmala Devi is the current MLA from Barkagaon. The couple has been accused of instigating the mob to resort to violence that led to police firing in which four persons were killed in Dadi Kala village under Barkagaon police station area on October 1.
A mob had attacked the police group that was taking away Nirmala Devi after arresting her from Chirudih village, where she had been leading a protest against the NTPC’s coal mining project since September 15. The mob had assaulted an Additional SP and a Circle Officer following which the police had initially used tear gas shells, rubber bullets and opened fire in air before resorting to firing.
The police inputs indicated involvement of JTG people in the violence and creating a tense atmosphere since Nirmala Devi started a protest called kafan satyagraha.
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According to an official statement: The state government has consented to the proposal of banning Jharkhand Tiger Group (or Tiger Group) under Section 16 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908. Tiger Group is declared illegal from the date of its inception. Act of joining this group, raising funds, holding or printing literature/ pamphlets in its support, related to any of the extremist policies of the Group have also been declared illegal.
The statement further said that this Group was accused of being involved in anti-national activities besides violating government’s policies and challenging law and order.
It also said that a recommendation to this effect had been made by the Director General and other senior police officials, alongwith the Deputy Commissioner of Hazaribagh.
A senior official, associated with the matter, said: “A detailed investigation is on. But there are clear inputs from the members of this Group being involved and instrumental in orchestrating the violence that took place on October 1.”
Saw, who was arrested on October 4, is accused of forming the Group when he was MLA of Barkagaon. He also became a minister in the Hemant Soren-led government. However, in September 2014, he had to resign when some persons caught on charges of extortion named him as the founder. He was arrested for running extortion racket in October 2014. Later, he got bail.
The administration has already accused Saw of orchestrating the violence because he wanted to extract economic benefits in the form of work for his son in the coal mining project. However, his son has denied the charge.