A police official, who was injured while controlling protesters during a procession led by JMM’s Dumri MLA Jagarnath Mahato in Bokaro Friday, succumbed to his injuries at the district hospital late Sunday evening. Police have already arrested Mahato in the case.
The JMM had taken out ‘torch processions’ in various districts, including Ranchi and Bokaro, on the eve of its state-wide bandh against the domicile policy announced by the BJP-led government.
On Friday evening, Officer-in-charge of Nawadih police station, Sub-Inspector Ramchandra Ram (48), had tried to stop the procession as Section 144 had been imposed in the area.
“During this, there was a scuffle with the officer-in-charge. Besides, he inhaled excessive smoke billowing from the torches being carried by the protesters. When he complained of pain in the chest, he was admitted to Bokaro General Hospital,” said Bokaro SP Y S Ramesh.
“The doctors told us that his lungs had completely got choked due to excessive smoke. We were hoping that his condition would improve, but he succumbed today around 8 pm. His family has been informed,” added Ramesh.
Ram, a native of Ichak in Hazaribagh district, had been posted at Nawadih police station for the past eight months.
“We have registered an FIR against Mahato and his supporters under Section 308 (attempt to culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, besides other sections…We are investigating further and will change the section, as per law, to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Further investigations in the case are on,” said Ramesh. Mahato was arrested Saturday along with several of his supporters during the state-wide bandh call.
More than 9,000 persons, including various MLAs and one MP of the JMM, were also taken into preventive custody during the state-wide bandh call.
The JMM has been demanding that the 1932 land record survey should be the foremost criteria for anybody being declared a ‘local’ in the tribal state. They said the criteria being pushed by the BJP government would only help outsiders.