The Dhanbad district administration has ordered a judicial inquiry into the CISF firing in which four alleged coal thieves were shot dead and two critically injured at the Benidih coal siding of Bharat Coking Coal Limited's (BCCL) Block 2 under Baghmara police station, about 32 km away. from the district headquarters on the night from Saturday to Sunday.
According to officials, two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel were also injured in the encounter. Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sandip Singh has now issued a notice of judicial inquiry into the incident under the chairmanship of ADM Law and Order. SDM Dhanbad is another member of the probe committee.On the instructions of the DC, the interrogation and post-mortem of the deceased were conducted at the Shahid Nirmal Mahto Medical College Hospital (SNMMCH) late on Sunday evening as per the guidelines of the Human Rights Commission.
According to the official report, the incident took place between 11:45pm and 1:20am on November 19-20, in which four suspected coal thieves were shot dead and two sustained bullet injuries. Two CISF personnel were also injured in the attack by the coal thieves. The DC ordered a magisterial inquiry after receiving a report from CISF DIG Vinay Kajla and Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sanjiv Kumar on Sunday evening.
The SSP also announced that an SIT would be constituted to investigate the incident. Brushing aside earlier reports, CISF DIG Vinay Kajla said the CISF personnel fired in self-defence to stop the coal theft when they were attacked by thieves in large numbers after the stop. The CISF and police also seized 21 bicycles from the spot on which the thieves had come to steal coal on the siding but escaped leaving the vehicles behind. After that, the CISF filed an FIR at the Bagmare police station against 100 unknown coal thieves for assaulting them on the coal siding.