Ranchi, Sept. 3: The Congress has called a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Ranchi tomorrow in protest against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Congress state president and Rajya Sabha member Pradeep Balmuchu today called on Governor Syed Ahmed, seeking his intervention in restoring peace.
Balmuchu, who left for Delhi to attend the Upper House, said: “I told the governor that he should not be a mute spectator to the administration’s and police’s failure to handle law and order. I urged him to call a meeting of top officials and direct them to address the situation,” he said.
The governor is said to have assured the Congress leader that he would call a meeting in a day or two.
Balmuchu, however, said emergency services like ambulance, hospitals and medicine shops had been exempted.
The Congress’s outburst comes in the wake of a series of killings in the state capital. Sushil Kejriwal, a businessman, fell to the bullets of extortionists on Saturday night. Close on the heels of the murder, police recovered the body of one Sukra Kujur, a labourer in Kokar, from near Pagla Baba Ashram, on Sunday.
Again, last night, a security guard at Satellite Colony, Hirdesh Singh, killed colleague Piru Mahli after the latter allegedly tried to snatch his arms. Balmuchu further said a petrol pump employee, Hariom Prasad, was recently killed in Ramgarh.
Chief minister Arjun Munda admitted before mediapersons that a few incidents of crime had recently taken place in the state. “But overall, the situation has improved,” he added.