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Bomb attack to avenge murder

Jamshedpur, Dec. 18: Seven persons were injured when a rival group hurled bombs and opened fire at Baliguma village in Seraikela police station area, 25km from Jamshedpur, on Tuesday morning.

The victims — who have sustained splinter injuries on the face, neck, head and chest, have been admitted to a referral hospital in Seraikela — where the condition of one, identified as Mohammed Karim, is critical.

Sources in police said the attack had been orchestrated to avenge the February 1 murder of JVM leader Amir Hussain at Metalsa Company, an industrial unit on Seraikela-Tata Road. Amir, the Seraikela-Kharsawan district committee president of the party’s minority cell, was also a land broker. He was allegedly shot dead by Karim and his men over some botched land deal three years ago.

According to police, four countrymade bombs were hurled at Karim’s house and around 12 rounds fired by the rival gang that included Amir’s brother Mazid Hussain and nephew Maulana Zakir. “From the empty cartridges found on the spot, we gathered that they were fired from pistols as well as double-barrel guns,” said additional superintendent of police Deepak Kumar Sinha.

The senior officer added that they had recovered a double-barrel gun and 10 rounds from a car that belonged to Mazid and was used to store ammunition during the attack.

Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Upendra Kumar confirmed that Tuesday’s attack was planned for revenge.

“Karim, a resident of Baliguma, had been booked for Amir’s murder and was lodged in Seraikela Divisional Jail since February. He was released on bail only yesterday (Monday). Around 11am today, a group of 15 persons — all local residents — attacked his house,” the SP said, adding that the accused were absconding and a search was on.

The situation in Baliguma, meanwhile, remains tense. A posse of policeman has been deployed to prevent further counter-attacks.

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