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Bihar CM condemns killing of Patna youth by Mumbai cops

October 27, 2008 17:51 IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday strongly condemned the killing of a youth from the state in a shoot-out in Mumbai.

Reacting to the killing of the Patna youth Rahul Raj by the Mumbai police inside a bus on charges of intimidating passengers at gun-point, he said the police action appears more than warranted.

"Even if there was a revolver in his hand, the police could have done something targetting his hand. But it does not seem like a situation in which he should have been shot dead,"  The CM told media-persons in Patna  on Monday.

However, justifying the shoot-out, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said whoever tries to take law into his hand and terrorise people will be dealt with sternly.     

Patil praised the police for this action saying, "the police have carried out their duty and done a good job".

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said here that the Centre has sought a report from Maharashtra government.

The 23-year-old gun-wielding youth was killed by police in a state transport bus after he was suspected of trying to take the passengers hostage in suburban Kurla.

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