Congress, JVM condemn Balumath incident, say BJP’s state govt failed

Updated on Mar 20, 2016 12:03 AM IST

Opposition Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) on Friday lashed out at the Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand over the alleged murder of two cowherders at Balumath in Latehar district.

A 32-year-old man and a teenager were found hanging from a tree at Jhabbar under Balumath police station of Latehar district on Friday, triggering violence that left an SDO and six policemen injured.(HT file photo)
A 32-year-old man and a teenager were found hanging from a tree at Jhabbar under Balumath police station of Latehar district on Friday, triggering violence that left an SDO and six policemen injured.(HT file photo)
PTI | By, Jamshedpur

Opposition Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) on Friday lashed out at the Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand over the alleged murder of two cowherders at Balumath in Latehar district.

While the Congress said the incident reflected the failure of the BJP led government in the state, JVM described it as bigger than the Dadri incident in UP last year in which one person was lynched following suspicion that he had stored beef in his refrigerator .

Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said the incident exhibited gross failure on the part of the state government as the law and order situation of the state was turning from bad to worse and people have adopted aggressive approach due to hatred being spread in the society.

Kumar condemned the way the two were murdered and hanged from a tree, and demanded justice for family of the two victims. He also asked the Union government to look into the incident.

A 32-year-old man and a teenager were found hanging from a tree at Jhabbar under Balumath police station of Latehar district on Friday, triggering violence that left an SDO and six policemen injured.

Stating that the killings of Balumath is bigger than the Dadri incident, JVM chief Babulal Marandi alleged that Jharkhand has become a lawless state under the BJP regime.

The victims were butchered and hanged only because they were ferrying cattle though no ban was imposed on cattle ferrying or trading in the state, the former chief minister of the state said.

The situation has reached such an extent that the police were forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters and asking people to remain indoors after 8pm, he said.

Even the entry of people in the famous Jubilee Park in Jamshedpur, one of the most developed cities of the state, was banned after 8 pm, Marandi said.

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