Coal mine officers on the boil over attack on colleague

  • Pankaj Kumar, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2015 15:06 IST

Coal Mines Officers Association of India is on the boil following an attack on BM Kumar, regional manager (civil), Govindpur, Bharat Coking Coal Limited which was allegedly masterminded by Baghmara MLA Dhallu Mahto.

In his complaint (fardbayan) which was later converted into an FIR by the police and filed at Sonardih police station under section 341,323 and 504 of IPC, Kumar alleged that on June 29 he had received a call from cell phone no 94700595089. A man calling himself Dhallu Mahto abused him for allegedly not handing over a work order to his henchmen, according to the complaint. Two more calls were made from this number which he did not receive.

A few minutes later Ajay Gupta called from cell no 9431159233 and asked him to come to the residence of the MLA for talks and besides Gupta, Ashok Singh and Nilesh Singh were waiting there.

Kumar told Hindustan Times he refused to visit to MLA’s residence and disconnected the phone. On July 1 while he was going to BCCL headquarters to attend a meeting, unidentified men on a motorcycle stopped him at Sonardih railway crossing and beat him with an iron rod. The two men took away his Titan watch also snatched `2,500 from his pocket and escaped saying that an officer who does not listen to the MLA will face such a fate.

The CMOAI of which Kumar is also a member met superintendent of police demanding security for coalmine officers.

YK Oraon, officer in charge The association expressed concern at the delay in arrest of the accused in this case and the attempt of Sonardih police station to dilute the case filed by Kumar by not adding relevant sections of attempt to murder, loot, disturbing government officer in executing official duty and conspiracy.

CMOAI BCCL area general secretary Bhawani Bandhopadhya told Hindustan Times that though the SP has given directions for the arrest of the accused named by Kumar, the police have taken no action in this connection. “We also want relevant sections of attempt to murder and others to be added in the FIR filed by Kumar,” said Bhawani.

Anju Bhuian filed a separate FIR alleging that Kumar and some other officers thrashed him near Sonardih railway gate at the same time and date.

Sonardih officer-in-charge Yugal Kishor Oraon said cases have been filed by Kumar and Bhuian and he was investigating the matter. Verification of call details of the number given by Kumar will be important for investigation, he said.

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