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Korba police register 'wrongful restraint' case

The Korba police in Chhattisgarh have registered a case of 'wrongful restraint' in the incident of assault on the members of a Parliamentary Advisory Committee of Coal Ministry.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 23:16 IST
E Jayan

The Korba police in Chhattisgarh have registered a case of 'wrongful restraint' in the incident of assault on the members of a Parliamentary Advisory Committee of Coal Ministry during their visit to the coalmines of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) on Tuesday.

A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed on the written complaint by the SECL authorities at Dipika police station in Korba. Superintendent of Police Himanshu Gupta informed that a case has been registered under Section 341 (34) of the IPC against unidentified persons on the basis of statement given by Iqbal Hasan Raji, a resident of Garwa in Jharkhand. Raji, who was accompanying the Advisory Committee, was injured when group of unidentified persons attacked the team members.

“Dipika police station house officer has been appointed as investigation officer in the given case and further investigation is on”, said Gupta. So far no arrest has been made.

It may be noted that a five member parliamentary committee headed by the convener Rajiv Ranjan, Chandrashekhar Dubey (Member, Advisory Committee ministry of coal), Ingrid McLeod (Rajya Sabha), Joel Oram and Muti-ur-Rahman was attacked by a mob who were allegedly supporters of private coal washing company M/s Aryan Coal Beneficiation (ACB) located near the Dipika mines area of Korba. The Advisory Committee members while on a visit to Gevera and Dipika opencast coal mines of SECL to observe the coal handling and transportation process also visited ACB.

The visiting team faced opposition by the supporters of the coal washing company who shouted slogans against the visiting parliamentary committee and demanded their visit to their rival establishments also. The situation turned ugly when the supporters of ACB pelted stones and broke through the security cordon and manhandled Raji accompanying the Member of Parliament Chandrashekhar Dubey.