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Mob ransacks railway station to protest firing deaths

Muzaffarpur, Oct. 18 (PTI): A mob vandalised railway property and blocked train movement at Silot railway station in Muzaffarpur district.

The incident followed the death of two persons after police opened fire on a mob that gheraoed the Maniyari police station yesterday to protest the alleged beating of a villager by police. Two persons, including a village chief, were killed and six injured in the firing.

East Central Railway sources said hundreds stormed Silot station in the Muzaffarpur-Samastipur section, vandalised railway property, tampered with communication channels and laid virtual siege on the station to protest the firing.

All railway employees, including the station manager, fled, the sources added.

East Central Railway general manager S.C. Gupta approached state authorities, including director general of police R.R. Prasad, to deploy adequate security personnel to disperse the mob at Silot, they said.

Heavy reinforcements were rushed to Silot station, where policemen fought pitched battle with agitators, police said.

Protestors also blocked the Muzaffarpur-Samastipur highway, they said.

Several trains were stranded at different stations between Muzaffarpur and Samastipur for more than four hours, railway sources said.

The mob once again gheraoed the Maniyari police station during the day but security personnel chased them away. Additional companies of Bihar Military Police were being deployed in the police station area to maintain law and order, Singh said.

RJD leader Laloo Prasad Yadav visited Maniyari and senior police officials are camping in the area, police said.

Muzaffarpur DIG S.K. Bharadwaj said a mob stormed Maniyari police station and indulged in heavy stone-throwing and brickbatting last evening to protest the alleged thrashing of one person by a police officer at Sitarampur village while conducting raids.

Police claimed it opened fire in self-defence, resulting in the death of two persons, including the Madhubani panchayat mukhiya Sanjeev Kumar Sharma. Six people, injured in the police firing and stone-throwing, were admitted to hospitals in Muzaffarpur.

Police superintendent K. Singh said three policemen, including the officer incharge of Maniyari police station and the officer who allegedly beat up the villager, have been suspended on charge of dereliction of duty and a criminal case has been registered against them.

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