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Firing over quarters row

A woman, who has been terrorising Dhurwa locality in Ranchi for years now, and her aides opened fire at HEC residential quarters occupied by a fourth grade Assembly employee on Wednesday night, triggering a strike by his co-workers on Thursday and prompting Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta to seek immediate action.

Renuka Singh (50), who apparently runs several NGOs, sought to teach Chandreshwar Yadav (30) a lesson as she had to vacate the HEC quarter, which she had been forcefully occupying, for him.

An FIR was lodged against Renuka, her sons Vikram and Vikrant, Chandan Sharma, who is said to be a criminal, and 20 unknown people at Jagannathpur police station under which the firing spot falls.

Two persons were arrested at night while Renuka and Vikram were rounded up on Thursday afternoon.

But the angry Assembly employees struck work on Thursday, requiring the Speaker’s intervention. Bhokta summoned DGP Rajeev Kumar, DIG Praveen Singh, Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar, SP Anoop Birtharay and Hatia SP Nisha Murmu to take strong action against the woman.

“I have summoned HEC MD Visvajit Sahay for a meeting tomorrow (Friday) to know how many HEC quarters, including those allotted to the state Assembly, are illegally occupied,” he said.

Police said Renuka was staying at quarter No. 2313, which was allotted to Yadav by the Assembly in May this year. The district administration had sent police forces to move her out on the direction of the Assembly.

This angered Renuka, who still forcibly occupies quarters Nos. 2350, 2343, 2311, 2315 and 2316. Around 10.30pm on Wednesday, she led a gang to Yadav’s residence and fired three rounds beside pelting stones. They fled when local residents started coming out.