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State government nod for a high-level probe into the murder of Lukas Minj.

RANCHI: The state government on Monday gave the nod for a high-level probe into the murder of Lukas Minj.

Minj, a hearing and speech impaired tribal of a village in Burwadih of Latehar district, was found dead on February 7. An FIR was lodged against some unknown people for his murder, but the victim's brother William Minj accused the security forces of killing him. Though the demand for a CBI or judicial inquiry was not entertained, state HRD minister Baijnath Ram, who was answering questions for the home department, agreed to hand over the investigation to the DIG, Palamu division.

The matter was raised in the house by CPI (ML) MLA Vinod Singh, who asked if the government had any plan to punish police involved in the killing and pay compensation to Minj's family. Singh also demanded a CBI or judicial inquiry saying the matter was being probed by Latehar SP, who himself is among the accused in this case. "This is beyond common understanding how the matter is being investigated by the Latehar SP, when the police operation which was going on in the forests of Latehar was being led jointly by the SPs of Latehar and Garhwa district," said Singh.

Supporting his demand, Pradeep Yadav of the JVM (P) sought to know about the progress of investigation and the reasons for avoiding a high-level probe. Giving details of the investigation, Ram said, on the directive of the Latehar deputy commissioner, Minj's body was exhumed and sent for forensic test at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in the state capital.

"The process was videographed and it was confirmed that he died of bullet injuries," said Ram, adding investigation is on. On being prompted by speaker C P Singh for a high-level inquiry, he agreed to get it investigated by the DIG, Palamu division. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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