Congress demands probe into Ranchi police firing

April 6th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, April 6 (IANS) A day after a young man was killed in police firing during protests against a demolition drive here, the Congress Wednesday demanded a high-level probe in the incident.

Rajya Sabha member Parimal Nathwani in a statement said the Supreme Court has stayed for two days the demolition drive going on at Islamnagar of Ranchi. The court has asked petitioner Mohammad Shakil to move the Jharkhand High Court.

“A high probe should be instituted in the police firing. There was conspiracy to target union Tourism Minister and Congress party’s Ranchi Lok Sabha member Subodh Kant Sahay. The bullet could have hit Sahay if it had missed the youth,” said Shakeel Ahmad, senior Congress leader who is in charge of the party’s affairs in Jharkhand.

Sahay was detained when he joined the protesters Tuesday.

Ahmad visited the Islamanagar area and met family members of the youth. “We will request the governor to send a report to the central government about the demolition drive,” said Ahmad.

The Congress and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM-P), the two main opposition parties, have condemned the police firing in which over 13 people were injured and one killed. They have called for a shutdown in Ranchi Thursday.

Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who is in charge of the urban development ministry, held a meeting with senior officials and asked them to look for land to rehabilitate the people displaced after demolition of unauthorised buildings and encroachments.

On a Jharkhand High Court directive, over 3,000 shops, houses and other illegal buildings have been either demolished or sealed In the state.

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