Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Wednesday decided to recommend the name of Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Prabhat Kumar, who was injured in a gun battle with Maoist rebels on the outskirts of Ranchi, for the President’s medal.
“Chief Minister Raghubar Das has given his consent to recommend name of injured Ranchi SSP for the President’s medal,” an official told IANS.
The state government has also decided to confer the state gallantry award on the SSP, his driver Rumul Sawaiya and bodyguard Faizal,” the official said.
The chief minister paid homage to the slain driver.
The state government handed over a cheque of Rs.10 lakh to the family of the slain driver and decided to bear the expenses of the education of his children.
One of the family members of the driver will get a government job on compassionate grounds.
On Tuesday, the Ranchi SSP was injured and his driver was killed in a gun battle with Maoists at Dulmi village on the outskirts of state capital Ranchi.
After sparking a political storm by welcoming eight men who were convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand with a garland, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday said that the Ranchi High Court has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail.
The Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation said on Twitter, “In the Ramgarh case (mob lynching), the Ranchi High Court, which is the first court of appeal, has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard.” Sinha further said that he has full faith in our judiciary and that those who are innocent would be spared while the guilty would be appropriately punished.
“I have full faith in our judiciary and rule of law. Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honoring due process of law. Those that are innocent will be spared and guilty will be appropriately punished,” he said.
He added, “I have repeatedly expressed my misgivings about the Fast-Track Court judgement sentencing each accused to life imprisonment. I am pleased that the Hon’ble High Court will hear the matter as a statutory court of appeal to test the correctness of the Fast-Track Court order.” Sinha, who represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha, yesterday felicitated eight men convicted for killing a meat trader in Jharkhand last year.
In a picture that has gone viral, the Union Minister could be seen garlanding the convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand at his residence on the outskirts of Hazaribagh.
A Ramgarh Court had sentenced the 11 accused, in connection with the Alimuddin murder case in Ramgarh district to a lifetime in prison.
Alimuddin, also known as Asgar Ansari, was intercepted by a mob and beaten to death in June last year over suspicions of transporting beef in his vehicle near Bazartand village. The mob later set the vehicle ablaze.