Congress district president, bodyguard killed in blast in Jharkhand

Koderma district Congress president Shankar Yadav and his personal bodyguard were killed when unidentified assailants hurled a bomb on his vehicle in Koderma district.

Published: 13th February 2018 11:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 12:40 AM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

KODERMA: Koderma district Congress president Shankar Yadav and his personal bodyguard were killed when unidentified assailants hurled a bomb on his vehicle in Koderma district, police said today.

The driver of Yadav's SUV was critically injured in the explosion that occurred near Dhab in Chandwara police station area on Koderma-Hazaribag border.

Yadav (50) died on the spot while his bodyguard and the driver were seriously injured in the attack, Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari said.

The bodyguard succumbed to his injuries in a hospital here while the driver was shifted to a hospital in Ranchi, she said.

Yadav's SUV was attacked when he was returning from a stone crusher unit in Hazaribag district that he owned.

The reason behind the attack is being investigated, Tiwari said.

She said the Congress leader had suffered serious injuries when unidentified gunmen fired at him about three months ago and he was recently released from the hospital.

Congress' Jharkhand unit president Dr Ajoy Kumar condemned the killing and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

He also demanded immediate dismissal of the district's SP and deputy commissioner in view of the incident.

'Jungle raj' is prevailing in Jharkhand, Kumar alleged and held the administration responsible for the killing.

The party called a Koderma bandh to protest against the killing.

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