7 held for Koderma wedding feast fury

Seven persons have been arrested in the wake of Tuesday's violent attack on a Koderma tailor from the minority community on suspicion that he served banned meat to guests on his son's wedding, which he denied.

By SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA in Ranchi
  • Published 19.04.18
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Ranchi: Seven persons have been arrested in the wake of Tuesday's violent attack on a Koderma tailor from the minority community on suspicion that he served banned meat to guests on his son's wedding, which he denied.

Of the seven men arrested late on Tuesday night, five were from Nawadih village, Domchanch block, where the mob beat up tailor Jumman Mian with sticks, vandalised a place of worship, as well as some 15 houses and 21 vehicles in the morning before the police stepped in. The other two arrested were from hamlets close to Nawadih.

In Koderma divisional jail under judicial custody, these seven are part of 55 named in Domchanch BDO Narayan Ram's complaint to the police based on which the FIR was lodged with Domchanch police on Tuesday night.

Nawadih's five had been detained on Tuesday afternoon.

"We are handling the case with utmost sensitivity. Some persons in the FIR might have been spectators or made small mistakes in a fit of rage," Koderma SP Shivani Tewari told this paper on Wednesday. "But, it cannot be ruled out that certain mischievous elements had tried to unleash tension in Nawadih. The real perpetrators will be brought to book soon," she said.

Koderma DC Bhuvanesh Pratap Singh said armed police were camping in the village where prohibitory orders were in force for the second day on Wednesday. But he said he gave special permission to host two weddings of the majority community on Wednesday, implying the situation was under control.

Jumman, whose life was saved on Tuesday by Domchanch inspector Anand Kumar, is recovering at RIMS, Ranchi.

Reacting to Tuesday's mob, former chief minister and JVM chief Babulal Marandi, who won the Koderma Lok Sabha seat thrice, said, "Mob violence, lynching and incidents of social intolerance are routine business under the Raghubar Das rule. There are a handful of mischief-mongers in every strata of society, but it is the government's job to fix them."