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Chanho restive in clash ripples

Ranchi, July 31: Chanho block in Ranchi district witnessed sporadic violence today as tribal and right-wing organisations jointly called a bandh in response to Tuesday’s clash between the minority community and tribals over land at village Shilagain that had left one dead and 39 injured.

A man, identified as one Ekram Ansari (55), received injurious from a sharp-edged weapon this evening around 5pm at village Padhaiya in the block, some 42km from Shilagain and 32km from the capital.

Though Chanho OC Ram Avatar called Ansari’s injuries “not grievous”, it is one of a series of incidents that has gripped the block where rumours and rage, mostly contained by strict administrative vigil, are sometimes finding outlet in spurts of violence.

Last night around 8pm, Shilagain resident Mohammed Ibrahim (70) died amid controversy. His relatives said he was strangulated by a tribal mob. Tribals denied the allegation, saying the elderly man might have died of heart attack.

OC Avatar said they did not take any chance but sent the body to RIMS, Ranchi, for a post-mortem that suggested brain haemorrhage due to high blood pressure.

Ibrahim’s body was handed over to his kin today.

Yesterday afternoon, around 3.30pm a tribal mob attacked Hurhuri village, just around 1km from Shilagain, and injured seven persons, including a child. Iqbal Ansari (10), Majmool Ansari (36), Maqsod Ansari (20), Hazrat Ansari (25), Nasir Ansari (22), Yunus Ansari (23) and Jaquir Ansari (22) have been admitted to local hospitals.

According to a villager, the tribals wanted to avenge the humiliation of Tuesday, when 5,000 people of the minority community had attacked them following altercation over land.

But, the district administration, doing its best to douse any confrontation, is being cautious. No official statement was forthcoming on yesterday’s attack from the top police brass. No FIR has been filed so far.

Shilagain continued to be heavily guarded with a posse of 200 police personnel. Officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty and DGP Rajeev Kumar also camped in the troubled village. An air surveillance was done over the area between 4.45pm and 5.45pm.


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