Posters of alleged defendants removed as police cite ‘error’

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Ranchi: Hours after posting posters of alleged defendants in the Ranchi violence across town, police removed them, citing “a mistake”.

“There was an error in the posters. They are therefore withdrawn but will be put back in place after correction,

Violent protests took place in Ranchi on Friday following controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad by now-suspended BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal.

The clashes left two dead and more than 20, including police officers, injured, prompting the administration to impose restraining orders under Section 144 CrPC on parts of the city and suspend services Internet.

Earlier in the day, police put up notice boards of those involved in the violence with the photographs, their names and addresses at major intersections in the city.

The action was taken a day after Governor Ramesh Bais summoned senior state officials, including DGP Neeraj Sinha, and expressed strong displeasure over the incident.

The governor had ordered the DGP to identify disbelievers and put their photographs in public places so that ordinary citizens could give information about them.

Billboards and posters placed at major intersections in the city feature pictures of more than three dozen disbelievers, along with their names and addresses. These include the names of Chhotu, Charka, Bichha, Shad, Tagla, Aamir of Hindpiri, Resident Captain of Qurban Chowk and Sirajul of Lakdi Pul Gali etc.

Images of all of these defendants were captured by CCTV cameras, videos and drones of rock-throwing and vandalism on the main road on Friday afternoon.

So far, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the clashes while 26 FIRs have been registered so far in this case.

At the same time, security has been reinforced in the city with the deployment of a large police force in sensitive areas.

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