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BJP crime jab at state

Ranchi, Nov. 21: The BJP today expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Jharkhand and demanded army deployment in five “sensitive” districts.

The party also announced a daylong fast near the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Morabadi grounds on November 26 to condemn rampant killings in Khunti, Lohardaga, Simdega, Gumla and Chatra.

Speaking at a news conference at the party headquarters, state BJP chief Ravindra Rai alleged that the Hemant Soren government had been categorising Maoist killings as general crime in these districts to deny compensation to aggrieved families.

“The government should accept its inability to contain Naxalism. Police do not have the means to bring the situation under control. Life is not safe and army deployment is the only way out,” Rai told mediapersons.

According to him, as many as 37 people were killed by Maoists in the five districts in June. Similarly, 46 cases of Naxalite killings were reported in July, while rebels are said to have murdered 60 in August.

“However, the government termed 40 incidents in July and 51 in August as general murder cases. Murders are happening in broad daylight as police have become ineffective,” he said.

Recently, three persons, including a BJP supporter, were gunned down at a market Khunti in daylight allegedly by rebels owing allegiance to PLFI, a breakaway faction of the CPI(Maoist).

The state BJP president added that the situation in other districts was not good either. As many as 159 killings have been reported across Jharkhand in June, 179 in July and 190 in August.

“The law and order situation started deteriorating during President’s Rule and the new government has failed to stall the sprinting crime graph so far,” he added.