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Ramgarh: Elderly woman dies during police search, BJP demands action

Ranchi: A septuagenarian woman died in Barkipona village under Rajrappa police station in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district during a midnight raid conducted by local police in the area triggering massive outburst by residents on Thursday who protested throughout the day demanding action against police atrocity. The raid was conducted in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Malo Devi. According to her granddaughter, Prabha Kumari, a few police personnel started banging the door of their house in the midnight citing searches. “My grandmother, who was frail battling age old ailments, woke up to open the door. But the cops kept banging the door as a result it broke and fell on her leading to her death,” she alleged.

Tension between locals and police first broke in this village on October 16 after a clash over Ravan Dahan when the prevented the effigy burning citing covid induced curbs by the state government. At least two police personnel sustained injuring in the clash post which about 71 persons have been booked of which 26 got arrested and jailed. 

Police is continuously holding manhunt to arrest remaining culprits. Last night’s raid was too was in search of the people accused for fanning clash during Ravan dahan.

Talking to reporters, Ramgarh deputy commissioner Madhavi Mishra said that administrative probe will be conducted if any police personnel were found guilty. “One elderly died and we are awaiting post mortem report,” she said.

Ramgarh MLA Mamta Devi, Giridih MP Chandra Prakash Chaudhary and BJP state president cum Rajya Sabha MP Deepak Prakash visited the area on Thursday to take stock of the situation. Sources said that attempts to pacify aggrieved villagers by MLA and MP remained futile till the time of filing this report as the entire village had blocked lifting of the dead body demanding action against the erring cops.

Reacting to the incident, Opposition BJP blamed Hemant Soren govenrment for turning the state into ‘police-raaj’. Prakash in a statement said, “It’s a shocking incident which also exposes how this state is increasing becoming a police ruled state where innocent people are being harrassed and criminals have a free run. The entire village is living under fear due to police atrocity. We demand culprit police personnel be booked for murder.”