JVM leader and former minister Dulal Bhuiyan on Tuesday staged on a daylong dharna in front of the district collectorate, accusing police of trying to play down a Maoist attack on his Bhuiyandih residence on Sunday.
Bhuiyan, a three-time legislator from Jugsalai Assembly constituency, was accompanied by more than 500 party supporters in the agitation.
The protesters later submitted a memorandum addressed to governor Syed Ahmed through additional deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Ganesh Kumar, demanding a fair probe.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the leader expressed his concerns. “I fear that police, in order to save their image, mounted pressure on my watchman (Birendra Paswan) into giving a statement that he was not abducted by Maoists,” he said.
On Sunday, Bhuiyan had claimed that nine CPI(Maoist) rebels stormed his residential premises and dragged watchman Birendra Paswan to Dalma foothills. He had said the watchman was released four hours later after being quizzed on his whereabouts. However, Paswan told police he was sleeping at home.