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Soren in Jamtara judicial custody

Dumka, Jan. 5: It was unlike any other Friday outside Jamtara district court today. Packed with police and supporters, the scene was visibly different as JMM chief Shibu Soren got transferred from Jamtara to Dumka.

Police authorities informed that seven armed forces and 10 lathi forces of Jamtara police were deployed for security reasons.

Guruji is on his way and would be here any time,” said Shyamlal Hemrom, the district president of JMM, Jamtara district. Hemrom was among the hundred party workers waiting on the court premises to meet Soren.

One of the courtrooms on the first floor was arranged for the JMM chief to rest before he was produced at the court of the additional district and session’s judge 1 Arun Kumar.

Around 11.45 am, a white Qualis entered the court premises accompanied by more than half a dozen security personnel. Wearing a woollen jacket over a kurta and a white pyjama, Guruji looked tired. However, he waved at the supporters.

Earlier, Soren reached Dhanbad at 5.05 am in the 2324 Down New Delhi-Howrah special Express. “After having food of the railways from New Delhi, he journeyed till Dhanbad without a complain. Well, he has never shown any problem ever. The 10 security men escorting him were also surprised by his disposition,” said son Hemant Soren.

Outside the station there was a crowd of over 500 supporters waiting for Shibu early in the morning. In Jamtara proceedings in the district and session’s judge court went on till 1.14 pm.

Following the directives of the ADJ-I, Soren was sent to judicial custody to Jamtara jail till the next hearing on January 16. The Delhi police handed over the charge to the Jamtara police.

However, since the arrangement in the jail was not found suitable he was further sent to Dumka central jail in the evening.

Hemant Soren said his father is ready to stay anywhere as he has faith in the almighty and was ready to stay anywhere he keeps.

“We will not do any political movement for his release but we shall appeal to the higher court of law for justice and we have faith in law,” said deputy CM Sudhir Mahto.

Shibu was sent to judicial custody to Jamtara jail till his next production on January 16 when charges are likely to be framed.

A number of lawyers mostly inside the courtroom intending to learn from the historical trial, to relate and refer to some time in the future looked diligent as Shibu’s defence lawyer from Delhi Sanjeev Kumar proceeded to question the 18th witness in the Chirudih massacre case of January 1975 today.

Today’s production of Soren was connected with the production warrant issued by the additional district and sessions judge 1 Arun Kumar, which was sent to Tihar jail where Shibu is serving a lifer in the Shashinath Jha murder case.

Meanwhile, Soren only broke to answer the query of the additional district judge when he asked whether he faced any problem on the way or not.

“I had no problem on the way and was treated well by the police,” Shibu said.

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