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Jharkhand: 3 JMM MLAs held in view of state-wide bandh amidst PM Modi's visit

News Agencies | Updated on: 24 April 2016, 14:36 IST

Three MLA's identified as Deepak Birua, Niral Purty, Shashibhusan Samad and several other party workers belonging to Jharkhand Mukti Morcha have been held amidst Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jharkhand for instigating violence and blocking roads on 24 April.

Suspected bandh supporters set ablaze a bus and a water tanker in East Singhbhum district, hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled address at the National Panchayati Raj diwas function at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, a senior police official said.

The bus, which was parked near Musaboni block office, about 20 km from Jamshedpur, to ferry the BJP workers from rural pockets, was torched by suspected bandh supporters during early hours today, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Musaboni), Ajit Vimal.

Mr Vimal said a water tanker was also torched by suspected pro-domicile group at Potka, about 25 km from Jamshedpur, under Potka police station.

However, district police force, which was put on alert in view of the PM's visit and bandh, rushed to the spot and doused the flames with the help of fire fighters, he said.

Bandh supporters also put up a road blockade in Tirildih in Potka block disrupting road traffic as the district police force led by Mr Vimal rushed to the spot to clear the road, he said.

The Deputy Superintendent said five persons were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

Opposing the domicile policy notified recently by the Jharkhand government, JMM has called the state-wide bandh.

Meanwhile, East Singhbhum district administration has made elaborate security arrangements to meet any eventuality during the PM's visit.


First published: 24 April 2016, 14:36 IST