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Probe into 'shootout' on Ranchi outskirts

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 14:12 IST

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A probe was ordered on Friday into the killing of two residents of a village on the outskirts of the Jharkhand capital on Wednesday night after villagers charged the police with gunning them down and then terming it a shootout.

Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Praveen Singh ordered a probe into the killing of Deepak Gope, 35 and Ghasia Oraon, 36 -- allegedly gunned down by police while they were returning home near Chandmarcha village on the outskirts of Ranchi.

The probe will be carried out by the area sub divisional officer (SDO) and deputy superintendent of police.

According to the villagers, the two were returning home after having dinner at a friend's house, when a police team fired on them without any reason, killing both on the spot.

Angry villagers blocked the Ranchi-Gumla national highway on Thursday, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident and filing of cases against the policemen involved.

Meanwhile, Maoist group the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) has called a strike in four districts -- Ranchi, Lohardagga, Gumla and Khuti -- to protest the killings. The group has demanded compensation to the families of the victims and a government job to a relative. It has also sought action against policemen involved in the incident.