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Bike gang shoots down passer-by

A man was killed and a boy suffered injuries when a gang of criminals opened fire at Dargah Road in Patna City area on Sunday.

The injured boy, identified as Mohammad Saddam Hussain, was admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital for treatment, while the deceased was identified as shopkeeper Manual Haq. One person was detained for interrogation in connection with the incident, which occurred under the jurisdiction of Sultanganj police station.

Irked by the daylight firing, the residents torched a motorcycle, allegedly belonging to one of the criminals. They also blocked the road and disrupted traffic for a couple of hours to protest against the incident.

Police said around 12 youths riding six motorcycles reached Dargah Road around 1pm, searching for one Mohammad Azin, the brother of former ward councillor Mohammad Kalim Imam. One of them suddenly opened fire, causing serious injuries to two passers-by. Manual later succumbed to his injuries. A police team headed by city superintendent of police Ashish Bharti rushed to the spot and pacified the protesters. Bharti said Saddam suffered injuries in his waist.

The police, with the help of residents, later apprehended one Mohammad Aftab, said to be the brother of one of the attackers. The incident sent shock waves among the residents, who demanded the immediate arrest of the attackers.