Chaibasa: CM Hemant Soren visits affected village at West Singhbhum, says people’s security is our top-most priority

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Jamshedpur, Jan 23: CM Hemant Soren on Thursday said that people’s security is his Government’s top-most priority and nobody has the right to take law into their hands.

Talking to the newsmen at Chaibasa today he noted that SIT has already been constituted. Jharkhand is not only a state for us but its a family, he said necessary directives have been given to police for preventing such incidents in future, he added.

Soren also went to the affected village and met the bereaved family members. The chief minister said that those involved in the carnage would not be spared.

Meanwhile, an utter silence prevailed in the Burugulikera village on Thursday. A day after seven dead bodies of tribals who were killed after protests against Pathalgadi, the West Singhbhum police have increased security arrangements in the district. The villagers were killed allegedly by pathalgadi supporters of the same village, in the Burugulikera forest under Gudri police station area in West Singhbhum.Police and CRPF are camping in affected village.

Sources informed that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas of the district.

“Security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the villagers too. We are frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations,” said a police official.

A villager said that CM Hemant Soren personally met the villagers and said that people’s security is his top-most priority .Nobody has the right to take law into their hands. We know that SIT has already constituted.

“When we met CM he assured that Jharkhand is not only a state for him but a family.  Necessary directives have been given to police for preventing such incidents in future, he said.

Those killed have been identified as James Burh, Jawra Burh, Lomba Burh, Koje Topno, Etwa Burh, Nirmal Burh and Bobas Lomga, all residents of Burugulikera village.

Police are however claiming that though prima-facie it appears to be fight between pro-pathalgadi and anti-pathalgadi supporters but they are also looking into personal diapute between two groups one led by current  Up-mukhiya (deputy mukhiya) James Burh and another led by Raisingh Burh husband of former mukhiya Mukta Horo.

“Initial probe suggests that it was a fallout of dispute between two groups. The group whose members were killed had attacked and ransacked house of Raisingh Burh on January 16. A meeting was called by the gram sabha on January 19 (Sunday) where there was uproar and group owing allegiance to Raisingh Burh started beating James Burh and his men. It was only yesterday that we got some information from the village market about killing of the villagers and started search operation,” said West Singhbhum SP Inderjeet Mahatha.

 Villagers pulled down Pathalgadi plaque at Chitramu village in Khunti India on Thursday July 20 2018 The pathalgadi movement has its origin in a resistance movement by tribals during British rule.

The pathalgadi movement has its origin in a resistance movement by tribals during British rule. Pathalgadi supporters have been campaigning to collect government identity documents from people in remote hilly villages such as Jono, Gulikera and Burugulikera for the past fortnight.

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