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Since 1st March, 1999
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Sukhram cry for security

Chaibasa, April 5: Sukhram Oraon, the JMM legislator from Chakradharpur, appealed to the superintendent of police for more carbine-armed official guards and to initiate a detailed investigation into the cases where men, possessing illegal arms and ammunitions, were arrested by the police over the last six months.

Incidentally, the railway police arrested Agasthi Pradhan along with illegal arms and ammunitions from the premises of the Chakradharpur railway station yesterday. Pradhan was first sighted by the JMM party members.

Corroborating on the three security threats he received since Durga Puja last year, Oraon pointed out that each time the police managed to nab the goons just in the nick of time.

The JMM legislator alleged that the district police had never led a probing inquiry into the matter. He also hinted that a few powerful BJP men might be behind such activities.

Sukhram Oraon presently has a cluster of six security guards, among which two are provided officially. Of them, one is equipped with a carbine. But the guard being a local man wishes to visit home off an on, he claims. Under such circumstances, the legislator has sought a second carbine-armed security guard.

Superintendent of police Navin Kumar Singh confirmed Oraon's demand of two carbine-armed men and pointed out that one has already been provided. 'Very shortly, the other would also be given to him,' he said.

Asked about the allegation of slow investigation by district police in connection with the abortive attempts to kill the JMM legislator, Singh said the police have been looking into the matter.

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