Law Kumar Mishra
PATNA: Dumka police on Monday arrested Shalman Khan and Chhotu Khan in connection with petrol attack on a minor girl student,Ankita Kumari, who died of 95 per cent burns on Sunday. Jharkhand governor,Ramesh Bais telephoned to the parents of Ankita and expressed his grief over murder of their daughter.He announced an ex_gratia of Rs two lakhs from his discretionary fund to the bereaved family.
Governor called the DG of police,Niraj Sinha,and directed him to provide security to the girl ‘s family and ensure speedy trial of the culprits
Dumka,the summer capital of Jharkhand observed total bandh for the second consecutive day on Monday,when her body was cremated in presence of large number of police force.The funeral procession which started from her Jaruadih residence was escorted by deputy commissioner and SP of Dumka .Member of Lok Sabha,Sunil Soren was also present at the cremation ground,where thousands of residents,including women were present.
Armed policemen were seen present on the route between here residence and crematorium.District authorities imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC,SP,Ambker Lakra said.He said Shahrukh Khan ,a jilted lover had been chasing and harassing the 17 year girl,a student of Government higher secondary school for the few days.He used to chase her when she went to school or tuition classes.
Ankita had complained to her parents against Shahrukh.On August 22 night also,she told her father ,Shahrukh has threatened to finish her if she did not accept his offer for friendship.Father advised here to relax and promised he would take up the issue next morning with Sharukh parents.
However,at 5 am ,Shahrukh Khan poured petrol on her through the window.In her dying declaration recorded by an executive magistrate at her hospital ward in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences at Ranchi,she claimed Shahrukh had thrown petrol on her which caused 95 per cent burns.She remained in the hospital for five days,but succumbed to burns on Sunday.
Her body was brought to Dumka and this followed widespread protest in the town.Activists of a right wing organisation started demonstration in different parts of the town and all shops and commercial establishments were immediately closed.As a precautionary measure ,para military forces were deployed in the town and areas with Muslim population were fortified.
Ms Loius Marandi,former minister and BJP leader from Dumka alleged the Ankita had complained against Shahrukh earlier,but police did not act.She apprehended,the minor girl was target of Love Jehad.Charge was reiterated by the former chief ministermRaghuwar Das,who also alleged the girl did not get ;protection since the accused were Muslims.
Hemant Soren was elected to state assembly from Dumka in addition to Barhet constitutency.He quit Dumka and in by-election his younger brother.Basant Soren was elected as JMM candidate.Das regretted neither CM nor his brother,local MLA visited Ankita’s family so far.
Chief Minister on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs ten lakhs to the family of “Ankita Bitiya” and said he has asked the director general of police to get the case investigated by an additional director general of police and submit report immediately.
Chief MInister said Dumka district administration has been directed to request the district and sessions judge to hold speedy trial of the accused in Fast Track court.
District SP said Shahrukh Khan was supplied petrol by Chhotu Khan,who is also being interrogated.

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