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3 booked for murdering CITU activists in Chamba

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Chamba, Jun 12 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Police has registered a case against three officials of a construction company, executing the Chamera III hydro power project in Chamba district, for their involvement in the murder of three CITU activists, state DGP Ajit Narain said today.

''A police team, comprising DIG (Kangra range) P L Thakur and District SP Upender Kumar, is at the murder site. More details will only be available after the team returns,'' he told UNI here.

Yesterday, three CITU activists, identified as Chamba district President of the union Baburam, and Vijay and Dhami, were first beaten by sticks, hockey sticks and iron rods at Khada Mukhi, about 72 kms from here, and later thrown into the Ravi river by the men hired by the company hours after the union's one-day strike to protest violation of the labour laws by it ended.

Mr Narain said the rescue and relief team had pulled out two bodies of the activists from the riverside, while the third was yet to be recovered and added a case has been registered against three officials of the company.

Refusing to divulge the names of the arrested officials, he said investigations were still on.

CPM state secretariat member Onkar Shad told UNI over the telephone from Chamba that a case has been registered against three senior officials of the construction company and have only been identified as Dhillon, Jain and Singh.

He said the three had threatened the union activists of dire consequences if they went ahead with their one-day strike against the management, adding that threat was given during the public meeting of the union.

UNI AS RL HT1932

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