Two days after a man and minor boy, involved in cattle trade, were found hanging from a tree at Jhabar village of Latehar district in Jharkhand, Opposition leaders visited the families of the deceased on Sunday.
State Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, who was one of the first leaders to meet the families of Mohammad Majloom Ansari (35) and Inayatullah Khan (12) at Nawada village, demanded a “complete and detailed investigation”, saying he had reasons to believe that it was “not a spontaneous incident”.
“It was a planned (attack). We want a complete and detailed investigation into the matter. However, more than it being a case of law and order, it is also a social and a humanitarian issue. Whatever be the compulsion, one doesn’t kill a 12-year-old like this. I feel that the government has dealt with this incident without showing any sensitivity,” he added.
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leader Babulal Marandi, who also met the victims’ families, demanded adequate compensation for them. “The victims’ families told us that such incidents are occurring with increasing frequency since the BJP came to power in the state. Our leader assured them that they were keeping an eye on the entire episode and we will provide all possible help to them. We demand the government to give adequate compensation to the families of the deceased, as one of them was only 12 years old and the other had five children to feed,” a JVM (P) spokesperson said.
The family of Majloom Ansari also demanded a “proper investigation” into the murders. “We have not been officially informed about the arrests made by the police. But even if five people have been arrested, we have reasons to believe that the main culprits are still roaming free. We want a proper investigation in the case,” said Tumid Ansari, one of Majloom Ansari’s brothers.
Meanwhile, police and the local administration held a peace committee meeting to ensure peace and tranquility in the area. Majloom and Inayatullah, who were herding eight oxen, were killed allegedly by eight people in Jhabar village Friday.