Jamshedpur, Sept. 26: It was afternoon mayhem at Mosabani today as enraged CRPF jawans charged at residents after the latter tried to attack their camp following allegations that a security personnel had molested a local girl.
A dozen odd people, including two local scribes and some panchayat sevaks, were injured in the melee. The condition of panchayat sevak Kasu Soren, who suffered head injuries, was stated to be serious, while the rest were released after first-aid.
Trouble started in the morning over rumours that a jawan had molested a girl near the CRPF camp in the town, about 45km from Jamshedpur, last evening. Though nobody knew for sure what had happened, residents began gathering to protest against the alleged incident.
Around 200 people first went over to gherao Mosabani police station around 3pm. Officer-in-charge Arun Kumar Dubey told the protesters to give him their complaint in writing, which he promised to forward to his seniors for necessary action.
Dissatisfied with the police response, around 50 protesters then moved towards Mosabani market and forced shops and business establishments to down shutters, before putting up a blockade on Mosabani-Ghatshila road to protest against the paramilitary forces’ “highhandedness”.
In the meantime, a small group of 15 or 20 men broke away from the blockade site and headed for the CRPF camp, where they pelted stones and shouted abuse at the jawans present. They then tried to set afire a board outside.
Jawans of the CRPF’s 193 battalion, who are housed in the camp, watched from inside for about half an hour. When they saw that the protesters were trying to set the board on fire, about 40 men, armed with sticks, boarded two CRPF vans and moved into town. Next, they chased and thrashed whoever came in their way.
Within minutes of the jawans descending on the road, the protesters were on the run.
As news of the action by the paramilitary forces spread through Mosabani block, political leaders cutting across party lines rushed to the spot. When the CRPF jawans showed no signs of retreating, members of various political outfits came together to set up a road blockade in protest.
Those who rushed to Mosabani included Ghatshila MLA Ramdas Soren and Baharagora MLA Bidyut Baran Mahto.
When contacted, commanding officer of CRPF’s 193 battalion Dharmendra Singh said the episode was the fallout of a misunderstanding between residents and jawans.