Dumri MLA to be tried for cop’s death during protest

  • Sanjay Sahay, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: May 22, 2016 16:17 IST
Police officer Ram Chandra Ram with Dumri MLA Jagannath Mahto (left) and JMM workers during a protest against the domcile policy at Nawadih in Bokaro (HT File)

Dumri legislator Jagannath Mahto will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the death of police officer Ram Chandra Ram, the former officer in-charge at Nawadih police station, Bokaro. Police said that the investigation was nearly complete, adding that the trial will begin soon.

Ram fell ill after he went to control a torchlight procession led by Mahto on the eve of Jharkhand bandh called by JMM to protest the domicile policy of the government on May 14. Mahto was arrested the next day and sent to judicial custody. Ram was admitted in Bokaro general hospital in a serious condition, and a team was rushed from Medical hospital, Ranchi for his treatment but he died later on.

According to the post mortem, the officer died due to asphyxia caused by carbon monoxide, leading to cardio respiratory failure. The victim’s viscera have been preserved for examination by the forensic science laboratory.

“We will file the charge sheet against the accused persons very soon. We have several evidences,” said the Bokaro superintendent of police YS Ramesh. The police got permission from the court in Tenughat to prosecute the MLA under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and section 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison) of IPC on Friday. The MLA along with four others and 250 unidentified persons were named accused in the case.

The police had originally registered an FIR against Mahto and four others under Sections 147, 148, 149,188, 308 and 353 of the Indian Penal Code. After Ram’s death, the police approached the court for invoking the aforesaid two sections of the IPC.

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