Blockade over ‘cop firing’

Ranchi, Aug. 13: Residents of Itki blocked NH-23 (Ranchi-Gumla road) near Central Silk Board at Nagri for four hours this afternoon protesting against the killing of two villagers by the police.

Bullet-riddled bodies of Deepak Gope (27) and Ghasia Oraon (28) were recovered from Shrambel jungle in the bordering area of Itki and Karra today. Gope sustained 10 splinter injuries on his face while there were five bullet wounds on Oraon’s thigh, chest and stomach.

The blockade that started at 2pm disrupted vehicular movement for over four hours. Protesters demanded compensation for the kin of the deceased and an FIR against the in-charge of Nagri police outpost Shiv Gope.

The police outpost remained closed during the agitation. Superintendent of police (rural) Anup T. Mathew was present at Nagri with district police officers to avoid any untoward incident. He also listened to the villagers and assured a probe.

Villagers alleged that police shot the youths when they were returning from Nagri market on their motorbike last evening. “Police mistook them as criminals and opened fire,” a villager said, requesting anonymity. Nagri outpost in-charge Gope denied the allegation and said he had not visited the area from where the bodies were found.

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