Angry labourers lay seige to police station

PATNA: Dozens of labourers laid siege to Rajiv Nagar police station here on Saturday morning to protest detention and merciless beating of four of their associates by the police on Friday evening.

As the news of detention and assault of the four persons spread in the locality on Saturday morning, dozens of labourers reached Rajiv Nagar police station and laid siege to it. They placed burning tyres at different spots on Digha-Ashiana Road making it impossible for the vehicles to ply on the road. The labourers raised slogans against the SHO of Rajiv Nagar police station.

Some of the labourers said that the Rajiv Nagar police had picked up four persons — contractor Rajendra Singh, Vijay Das, Sanoj and a carpenter, Vinod — on Friday night suspecting them to be involved in a case of theft reported from Mayur Vihar Colony under the same police station on the day. They alleged that the policemen assaulted the four persons mercilessly without any rhyme or reason.

The labourers alleged that the four were working in a house and the house owner had to clear a payment of Rs 60,000 to them.

On getting information, DSP (law & order) L M Sharma and DSP (Town) Ramakant Prasad also reached the spot. Digha police station SHO Suryakant Choubey also reached the spot with additional reinforcement. Anti-riot vehicle Vajra was also brought to the spot. Some of the policemen said that the mob was in belligerent mood.

Sharma said that a case of theft was lodged with the Rajiv Nagar police station by one Anju Singh, a teacher of Notre Dame Academy, in which the complainant claimed that cash and gold ornaments were stolen from her house. He said that an inspection of the house suggested that some known persons had committed the theft as they targeted only a single almirah in which the cash and gold ornaments were kept. “Since these labourers were at work in the house, the local police had called them for quizzing,” he said and added that all the four persons were released on Saturday itself.

With regard to the allegations of the labourers that their detained associates were mercilessly assaulted by the local police, Sharma said that he would probe the allegations and submit a report to the Patna SSP for necessary action.

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