Boy awaits Class X results among 2 killed in Ranchi, police face investigation
The death toll in the street violence in Ranchi on Friday rose to two after another person died of gunshot wounds in the early hours of Saturday. Police identified the dead as Sahil, 20, and Mudassir Alam, 15, who was awaiting the results of Class X board exams.
The Hemant Soren government, a coalition led by JMM and Congress, has ordered a high-level investigation into the incident and the circumstances that led to police ‘shooting’ into crowds protesting comments made against the Prophet by now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. .
SP (rural) Naushad Alam told the Sunday Express: “About 13 people were injured, some from stones thrown, some from gunshots. SP City will give the exact figure. SP City did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Dr Hirendra Birua, Superintendent of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), said: “A total of 10 people were admitted to RIMS who suffered gunshot wounds during the mob violence. Two have since died and one remains in critical condition. The others seem out of danger.
SSP Surendra Jha suffered a head injury. A police officer was also shot and injured.
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The government ordered a complete shutdown of the Internet following “rumor traffic”. Video clips on social media showed how police fired on protesters.
JMM spokesman Supriyo Bhattarcharya said an investigation had been ordered. “All angles will be investigated – from videos circulating on social media of police being seen firing into crowds to what led to the police’s failure to contain the violence. However, the police resorted to shooting because the situation was very tough.
A government source said the Home Office issued an order on Saturday, forming a two-member investigative committee – it includes Principal Secretary for Disaster Management Amitabh Kaushal, the ADG (Ops) of Jharkhand Police, Sanjay Lathkar. He was asked to submit a report in seven days.
BJP state chairman and Rajya Sabha MP Deepak Prakash told the Sunday Express: “The whole sequence of events is a complete failure of state government.”
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Meanwhile, two RAF companies were called in and more than 2,000 police were deployed to 12 points around the area of the main road where the violence took place. The area was quiet on Saturday.
The relatives and neighbors of Sahil and Muddassir, who died of gunshot wounds, are grieving and in mourning.
Salauddin, a former neighborhood commissioner and neighbor of Sahil, said: “Sahil studied up to intermediate level and worked in a traveling shop. Her father is a motorist and the family is in shock. He was shot in the stomach. Her last rites were performed at 3 p.m. today. We asked for compensation from the government. We asked on whose orders the police opened fire.
The second person to die was 15-year-old Mudassir Alam, who was awaiting his Class X results. His uncle Mohammad Sahid Ayyubi said: “The government has let us down. What was the reason for shooting and was it the only option with the police? The government must respond and the culprits must be condemned.
“We don’t even know how he became a member of the mafia. He was shot in the head. His father works as a laborer and he was the only child of his parents. We asked for compensation,” he said.