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Man held for assault

BCCL officials demand security for kin

Accused Ankit Kumar at Dhanbad SP's office on Friday. (Gautam Dey)

The contractor, who stabbed the wife of a BCCL civil engineer in Barora on Thursday, was arrested from Katras, Dhanbad, on Friday even as members of a mines officers' union protested against repeated attacks on personnel working in the coal sector.

Police tracked down Ankit Kumar (30), alias Laddu, to Katras - around 10km from Barora. A dagger and a toy gun were recovered from him.

Kumar attacked Sashikala Modi (45), the wife of civil engineer Vinod Modi (50), at their Harina Colony quarters around 12.30pm when she was alone at home.

She is recuperating at the BCCL's Central Hospital.

During interrogation, Kumar told police that Vinod was demanding a 10 per cent commission for clearing a bill against a construction project.

Sources in the police said Kumar had carried out a construction work at a cost of Rs 1.10 lakh. "Of which Rs 90,000 was cleared earlier but Rs 20,000 is still pending. Vinod was supposed to clear the bill. But, according to Kumar, he was demanding a 10 per cent commission for the same. This irked Kumar," said a senior police officer at Barora thana.

Dhanbad SP Rakesh Bansal said Kumar had been booked under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder).

"He was carrying a toy gun with the aim of terrorising the BCCL official and his wife. But, somehow the situation went out of his hand and he attacked the woman," he said.

The SP said the accused was a drug addict and might have committed the crime in an inebriated stage, which was yet to ascertained.

Though the police cracked the case promptly, a large number of BCCL officials from Barora area met Barora area general manager P.S. Mishra, demanding better security for the company staff and their families.

Led by Coal Mines Officers' Association of India (CMOAI) president Aniruddh Pandey, they held a meeting and decided to launch an agitation soon if the authorities concerned did not pay heed to their demand.

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