In a startling incident, an 18-year-old was killed, and 27 people injured in a clash between cops and a mob during Durga idol immersion in Bihar’s Munger on the night between Monday and Tuesday.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the incident occurred in the intervening night between Monday and Tuesday. The report quotes eyewitness claiming that violence followed an argument between revellers and Kotwali police.
Munger’s SP Lipi Singh said that the mob pelted stones and opened fire on the police which led to the death of one person and injured 27 others, including 20 cops.
Normally, idols are immersed after three days of Vijayadashami but the administration had insisted on immersion by 5 AM because of the assembly elections.
The fracas started when the police allegedly beat four persons who were carrying idols. The mob pelted stones on the cops, prompting a lathi charge.
Anurag Kumar died after he was shot in the head according to his kin. Among the 20 injured are SHOs of Sangarmpur, Kotwali, Kasim Baza and Basudeopur police stations.
The clash continued till 1 AM before it was brought under control. The Munger SP said the cops had recovered three firearms, live cartridges and empty bullets from scene of clash.
The Munger SP said police recovered three firearms, live cartridges and empty bullets from the scene of the clash.
Angry social media users asked Nitish Kumar – the current CM – what action would be taken against the SP.
However, rather than give a statement, the Chief Minister’s Office handle protected its account after being questioned by social media users.
Bihar’s will vote for the first phase on October 28. Polling for second and third phases will take place on November 3 and November 7 respectively.