All roads along Chief Minister’s official residence cum office in Kanke Road, Ranchi were blocked by high-security covers.
Inside the CMO, Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials who arrived on Saturday, for questioning in connection with the alleged land scam were questioning the CM Hemant Soren.
Around the same time, Cabinet Ministers and MLAs of the ruling JMM, Congress, and RJD had landed with their supporters. Congress MLA Irfan Ansari is learnt to have hugged Soren and shed tears before the ED started grilling him.
Outside, the traffic was paralysed causing untold miseries to commuters. The traffic is likely to remain affected till the ED sleuths continue to question Soren inside CMO.
The central agency sent a letter asking the CM to be available for questioning on the matter between January 16 and 20. Soren told the ED to record his statement at his residence on January 20.
The Jharkhand CM and executive president of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had skipped seven ED summonses earlier. He alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government used the central agencies to destabilise his government.
Ahead of ED officials' scheduled visit, security was beefed up around Soren's residence to maintain law and order amid protests by JMM workers and several tribal leaders.
More than 1,000 security personnel were deployed, ensuring three-layer security, according to Chandan Kumar Sinha, senior superintendent of police, Ranchi.