Shocked over the barbaric killing of a national level woman Kabaddi player by a Central Reserve Police Force jawan, the Bihar Government has decided to ask the Central forces to vacate its camp at Moin-ul Haque Stadium and colleges in the State.
“The State Government has written letters to CRPF authorities in the past urging them to vacate its camp at Moin-ul Haque Stadium and colleges in Bihar,” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Thursday.
“Our officials will meet CRPF officials soon and ask them to shift their camps from the stadium and the colleges,” Mr. Kumar said.
CRPF jawan Yashwant Singh had shot dead Kabaddi player Manisha Thakur, 22, a railway employee, near Bahadurpur railway crossing here on Wednesday night.
The body was taken by her father and other relatives along with railway officials from Patna to Ambala by train on the way back to Himachal Pradesh for cremation. PTI
Shoumojit Banerjee adds : According to the police, Manisha, who hails from a village near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, was hit in the face and then shot several times by Yashwant Singh of the 131st Battalion of the CRPF as she was returning home after practising the game at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium.
According to reports, the jawan hung around the stadium premises and stalked Manisha. Bihar Director-General of Police Neelmani said Yashwant made obscene remarks and gestures at her and demanded her mobile phone number. After she tried to fend him off, Yashwant shot her several times with his AK-47 rifle before shooting himself in the stomach, Mr. Neelmani said.
Manisha, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, was declared dead. Yashwant has been admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, where he is said to be in a critical state. A passer-by who was injured by a stray bullet has also been admitted to hospital but is said to be out of danger. According to police sources, 17 empty and four live cartridges were recovered from the murder spot.
The jawan has been booked under Section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code. Officials said they would comment on the incident only after a court of inquiry and all-round investigation.
Manisha was due to leave for Ranchi on Thursday to take part in the National Games, which begin on February 12. The player, who was working as a clerk in the Danapur divisional office of the East Central Railway, was described as “brilliant” and “major talent” by her colleagues and the State kabaddi fraternity. She represented Bihar for the last three years.
Her killing evoked widespread condemnation, with the Bihar State Kabaddi Association, the State Olympic Association and the Bihar Players Association demanding that the Chief Minister withdraw the CRPF battalion camped near the stadium.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui also demanded that the CRPF battalion be immediately pulled out, terming it “an illegal camp.”
Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, who expressed her condolences to the family, has instructed rail authorities to provide whatever help is necessary to Manisha's kith and kin.