One person was killed and several were injured when the police allegedly opened fire at a mob that pelted stones at the local police station and torched four vehicles in Bihar’s Samastipur district on Friday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
The incident took place at Asadhi village when protesting villagers turned violent during a demonstration on National Highway-28. The villagers were protesting against the murder of a trader, Janardan Thakur, and the mysterious disappearance of a girl.
Mr. Thakur was killed two days ago, while the girl had gone missing a few days ago. In both cases the police had failed to make any breakthrough.
“The protesting villagers pelted stones at the Tajpur police station and torched some vehicles…some police officers too were injured in the attack,” said Superintendent of Police, Samastipur, Deepak Ranjan. “The police had to resort to firing in the air after they could not disperse the crowd with batons,” he added.
Two persons suffered bullet injuries while one of them, Jitendra Kumar, died on the spot. Some policemen and administrative officials too were injured in the scuffle, said a police officer. Later, the district administration imposed Section 144 in the area to prevent any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, taking serious note of the incident, the Chief Minister ordered an inquiry by the Divisional Commissioner, Tirhut Zone, and the Deputy Inspector General. But the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders charged that “there was all-round chaos and complete breakdown of law and order in the State”. However, Rajeev Ranjan of the ruling Janata Dal (United) told the local media that “stern action would be taken against those found guilty of inciting the mob”.
The situation was later brought under control and a strong police force has been deployed in the area. “Some people have been taken into custody and the situation is now under control,” said the SP.