While Mascarenhas condemned the action of woman staff member Anima Indwar, he was confident that Sister Concilia, who too was arrested in the case, had no role and that her statement was recorded in "duress."
On July 4, when seven of the 11 men convicted of the 2017 lynching of Jharkhand meat trader Alimuddin Ansari walked out on bail, six of them were taken straight to Sinha’s residence in Hazaribagh, where the minister welcomed them.
In Jharkhand’s Khunti, a gangrape and a subsequent stand-off have sharpened the mutual mistrust between tribals and the State. As villages in these parts assert their identity through the Pathalgadi movement, The Indian Express looks at the circumstances that turned a centuries-old tradition into an act of tribal assertion.
According to CWC officials, Indwar had admitted in writing that she sold two more children to couples in Morabadi and Kanta Toli in Ranchi for Rs 50,000 each, said officials. Indwar also said she had done it with the help of Sister Concelia, the officials said.
According to sources, the police guards were kept in a school in a village, Butigada, nearly 15-20 kilometres from Khunti headquarters. When the police applied pressure, the Patthalgarhi supporters reportedly released them.
According to police, Pattalgarhi supporters had abducted three policemen posted as security guards at the BJP MP’s house. They were abducted three days after police announced the arrest of two men accused of gangraping five women in Kochang village on June 19.
The three men arrested Saturday were produced in court Saturday and sent to judicial custody after their statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were recorded before a magistrate.
DIG (Dumka) Akhilesh Kumar Jha said four people have been arrested for their prima facie involvement in the incident. The victims had allegedly stolen the buffaloes from a village and were sneaking out when they were caught.
While half-a-dozen deaths since October 2017 have been attributed to starvation, Roy said that barring the case of Santoshi Kumari of Simdega district in October last year, no genuine case of an eligible candidate being deprived of ration has come to notice.
A police officer said the accused have confessed to having assaulted the priest, Azhar-ul-Islam, in his mid-20s, who has been working as a maulana at Agdu basti mosque in Ratu, in Jharkhand district, for the last one year.
Officials said Devi was suffering from parenchymal haematoma, or bleeding inside the brain, for which she was treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi. Further, they said, her bank account had Rs 2,375.