Jharkhand: At centre of mining site violence, an ex-minister and his MLA wife
'Shoot us all': Hazaribagh still in shock at police firing on protest against land acquisition
Manob Chowdhury reports from Badkagaon, Hazaribagh. “The whole area has been turned into a military camp,” said Santosh Rai, whose 18-year-old nephew Abhishek Rai was among those who died. “We managed to get my nephew’s body back with great difficulty by 4 pm on Saturday," said Rai. "At the autopsy center, the policemen present were saying, 'Learn your lessons, let the mining work go on, or more bodies will fall.' A lot of people had gathered outside, we were worried how we will take the body back, if the police starts firing again.”
Hazaribagh (Jharkhand): On October 1, the local police fired on unarmed anti-mining protesters in the village of Badkagaon, killing at least four (two other deaths are reported but not confirmed). Three days later, the area remains in a state of fear. From first-hand accounts from the villages of Chipa Khurd, Dadhi Kala and Kanki Dadhi, it is clear that the police force is anything but repentant.
Meanwhile, villagers are staging a sit-in protest and roadblock in Badkagaon, with Hemant Soren of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Babulal Marandi of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and senior leaders of the CPI-M and Congress visiting to challenge the lethal police attacks of October 1.
The Hazaribagh Superintendent of Police, Bhimsen Tuti, could not be reached for comment. Additional Superintendent of Police Kuldip Kumar also could not be contacted; he was one of two policemen injured in a scuffle on October 1 and has been hospitalized.
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