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Hazaribagh police firing: Cong MLA Nirmala Devi arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) 

Nirmala Devi, the prime accused who went underground after the police firing incident on October 1 at Chirudih coal mining site of the at Barkagaon, was today arrested from Oakni Mohalla of this town, the police said.

The police firing had claimed four lives and left over a dozen injured.

According to DIG (North Chotonagpur Range) Upendra Kumar, soon after her arrest she was taken to an undisclosed place by the police for interrogation.

Later, she was produced in the of the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate Richa Srivastava after her medical examination in the Hazaribagh Sadar Hospital.

After examining all details, the sent her to 14 days judicial custody.

Earlier in the day, Superintendent of Police, Hazaribagh, Bhimsen Tuti said a warrant was obtained from the against Devi in connection with case no 228/16, which was filed in the Barkagaon police station by the district administration following the violence on October 1.

The incident occurred after the was taken to the police station during a protest, he said.

Tuti said violence triggered when Devi was forcibly freed by the crowd near Kolgarha village and the policemen were attacked by a violent mob.

In order to "save their lives", the police had fired 68 rounds, he said.

The SP said two other cases were also filed by against the agitators, who were staging a protest and were allegedly preventing a private construction company to take heavy machines to Chirudih for mining operation.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 21:13 IST