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Axe on MLA’s guards

Ranchi, Jan. 29: The five policemen who were deployed as guards at Latehar legislator Harekrishna Singh’s house have been suspended for flouting norms and accompanying the latter yesterday to attend a religious ritual in a village targeted by rebels.

The Manika MLA had gone to Palaiya, 25km from the district headquarters, despite intelligence reports warning about the presence of 50-60 rebels in the village.

Latehar SP Kranti G. Kumar issued the suspension order this afternoon asking the four constables and a havildar to report at the police lines.

They were also asked to explain within three days the circumstances under which they flouted the direction.

“The action was taken after a written report from the officer in charge of Manika police station. I have directed the officers concerned to depute new guards at the MLA’s residence,” SP Kumar said.

He added the “Maoists were interested in snatching weapons from the guards who were carrying Insas rifles”.

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