Ranchi, May 31: A judicial inquiry commission, which was set up to probe the death of a commuter during a JVM-sponsored secretariat gherao in 2012, has held police responsible for the incident, providing a breather to party chief Babulal Marandi in this case.
Though the one-man commission of retired district judge Ram Bilash Gupta formed by then chief minister Arjun Munda submitted its report on December 4, 2013, the state administration is yet to take any action against the errant police personnel.
JVM general secretary Pradeep Yadav procured a copy of the report through the RTI Act on May 28. He distributed its copies among mediapersons at the party office in Dindih this afternoon, seeking immediate action on the judicial panel’s report.
Yadav also demanded the FIR lodged against JVM chief Babulal Marandi and others for the death of the commuter be dropped immediately.
On September 3, 2012, Bole Oraon had come under the wheels of a water cannon vehicle deployed to maintain law and order near Satellite Colony where over 30,000 JVM supporters had gathered to demand compensations for people displaced across Jharkhand. The incident had taken place when police tried to disperse the crowd using batons, tear gas and water cannons, leading to a stampede-like situation. Apart from Oraon, several persons were injured.
“The probe has held police and the driver of the water cannon vehicle responsible for the death. The JVM now wants proper action. We also demand compensation of Rs 10 lakh and a government job for the next of kin of the deceased,” Yadav said.
He further said the administration now must withdraw the cases filed against Marandi and other party workers in this particular incident.
“The district administration failed to maintain law and order during the rally and held the JVM chief and other workers responsible for the same. Now that the report has come out, the case should be dropped,” he said.
He said if their demands were not fulfilled within a month, the party would be forced to stage a demonstration.