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Fasting Ajsu worker falls ill

One of the Ajsu women workers, who are on an indefinite fast since Wednesday in protest against last month’s murder bid on party leader and jailed gangster Akhilesh Singh at Jamshedpur civil court, fell ill on Friday.

Golmuri’s Kalawati Devi (48), who had been protesting along with three other members of Ajsu’s district women’s wing in front of the East Singhbhum district collectorate, started vomiting around 11am. Other party supporters rushed her to MGM Medical College and Hospital in Sakchi, where doctors admitted her. She is under observation.

Apart from Kalawati, the other fasting women are Archana Singh, Rajashri Pati and Asha Barua. They are clamouring for the arrest of those who had conspired to eliminate the convicted gangster, who is now lodged at Ghaghidih Central Jail.

Two men had tried to shoot at Singh while he had gone to surrender at Jamshedpur civil court after the end of his parole on May 24. Both have been arrested.

“We are on an agitation since Wednesday, but nobody from the district administration bothered to visit us to know about our grievances. We were not allowed to meet the deputy commissioner on the plea that he was busy at a meeting. It seems the administration wants to protect the actual conspirators of the murder attempt on our party member on the court premises,” Pati said.

The women workers have been pressing for a narco test on the arrested to know the truth behind the audacious attack that raised questions on porous court security.

“Instead of nabbing the real culprits, police are harassing our party members, who had tried to save Akhileshji from the hands of the criminals by beating them up,” Pati added.

Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan said the district administration had received the memorandum submitted by the Ajsu women and forwarded it to East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar.

“Police have arrested two persons in connection with the case. Investigations are on. We have directed district civil surgeon Vibha Sharan to monitor the health of the agitators and take immediate steps in case their condition deteriorates,” the SDO added.