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Hazaribagh violence sad, unfortunate: Jayant Sinha

Updated: Oct 01, 2016 19:28 IST

Jharkhand [India], Oct. 1 (ANI): Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha on Saturday said the Hazaribagh incident is truly sad and unfortunate and proper actions will be taken accordingly.

"It is a big, unfortunate and a sad incident. I talked to the DG right now and he told me what all happened. It has been reported that four people have been killed and it is sad that firing was necessitated. Attack on the officers is a grave matter, as attacking government officials is against our law and traditions," Sinha said.

"It is important that the attackers are brought to the book and proper punishment is given," he added.

At least four people were killed and more than six injured in clashes between police and protesters under Barkagaon police station area of Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand on Saturday

An Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations) and a Circle Officer were seriously injured after being abducted and assaulted by a mob. Their vehicles were also torched.

Denying the allegations that the state government did not tackle the situation well, Sinha said, "It is not true. We have handled the situation peacefully, and as I mentioned a few days back, we presented proposals and we tried to address the grievances and complaints of people in a sincere and genuine manner. We had almost solved their problems. When we had come to an arrangement, such protests and destructive politics are not in the benefit of the public."

The incident occurred in the aftermath of the arrest of Congress MLA from Barkagaon Nirmala Devi, who was leading a protest against a coal mining project for NTPC, early Saturday morning. Nirmala Devi was leading the protest, which they called 'Kafan Satyagarah', even as the administration had imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

"I appeal to them to carry out the proceedings in a peaceful manner. There is no need for dharnas or protests, as we are working for welfare of the people and looking into the demands of the people. We will try to keep everyone safe and find an appropriate solution," Sinha added. (ANI)