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Bihar: Police firing toll rises to six, OC suspended

June 25, 2013 19:33 IST

With one more person succumbing to injuries, the toll in Monday’s police firing on a mob in the Bagaha police district rose to six even as the Officer In-charge of Naurangia police station has been placed under suspension, police sources said today.

Naurangia OC Vinay Kumar has been put under suspension for Monday’s police firing incident, Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar said. Other policemen involved in firing on the mob on Monday have been exiled from the district on instruction from senior officers, police sources said. Report would be send to the government for action against Kumar, who lead the police team that opened fire, they said.

One more person succumbed to injuries late on Monday night taking the toll in the police firing to six in which about 25 policemen had also received injuries in stone pelting by villagers mostly tribals.

Two-member probe team comprising Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) S K Bhardwaj and Director General (Prison) Anand Kishore send on order of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday talked to cross-section of people about the incident.

Inspector General of Police, Tirhut zone, Pankaj Kumar Darda is also camping in the district. The SP said that the situation was normal in the district. A police team had gone to Katharawa village to probe a murder case of youth on Monday when a mob started pelting stones on the police team which opened fire.

The Nitish Kumar government received flak from opposition parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party over the Bagha incident. The BJP has called for a Bagha bandh tomorrow. A high-level party team under Sushil Kumar Modi will visit Bagha on Wednesday in connection with the incident.

Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Nandkishore Yadav and state BJP president Mangal Pandey have strongly criticised the incident and demanded adequate  compensation for victims family.

Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Party also condemned the police firing on schedule tribes and demanded resignation of the chief minister on moral grounds. State RJD President Ramchandra Purve told mediapersons in the capital the Nitish Kumar government was "raining lathis and bullets on citizens."

Bihar Congress chief Ashok Chaudhary demanded an inquiry by a sitting Patna HC judge. Ramvilas Paswan's Lok Janashakti Party has extended support to Communist Party of India Marxist-Leninista which has called a Bagha bandh on June 27 to protest the incident. sure on the Indian authorities.


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