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Team to investigate police firing

Patna, July 21: A high-level team comprising a principal secretary and additional director-general of police has been sent to Madanpur in Aurangabad district today to inquire into the police firing on Saturday, which left two persons dead and five others injured.

The members of the team — Amir Subhani, principal secretary, home, and Gupteshwar Pandey, additional director-general of police (headquarters) — left for Aurangabad in the evening. The two officials would talk to the family members of the deceased and the relatives of those injured in the firing.

The officials are expected to submit their report to chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in a couple of days.

In Madanpur, inspector-general (Patna) Kundan Krishnan and deputy inspector-general (Magadh) P.K. Srivastava held a meeting with some local residents to restore normality in the block headquarters town, around 42km south of Aurangabad district headquarters.

Shops and business establishments remained open today. The security forces staged a flag march in the town to instil confidence among the people. “Normality has returned to Madanpur, which witnessed violent protests on Saturday,” claimed DIG Srivastava.

A report from Gaya said three persons — Suday Kumar Manjhi, Vyas Kumar and Sheela Kunwar, who were undergoing treatment at Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital after receiving bullet injuries in the police firing — have fled from the hospital. The hospital authorities found the trio missing from the ward in which they were admitted on Saturday night. Only one person identified as Rishav Raj is still undergoing treatment.

A BJP team led by Gaya MP Hari Manjhi met the relatives of the victims of police firing. Both the Assembly and the Council had to be adjourned on Monday in the first half over the Aurangabad police firing. The moment the Assembly proceedings started, the BJP MLAs rushed to the Well of the House as the Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav stated that two innocent persons were shot dead by the police. He termed it “an administrative failure”. Water resources minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary suggested that the matter should be raised during the second half during the budgetary demand of the home department. However, the BJP MLAs refused to relent and continued shouting slogans as Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary adjourned the House.

During the second half, replying to the three-hour debate, Vijay stated that the government was both alarmed and saddened by three incidents taking place in a gap of 15 days — the stripping of a woman in Jehanabad, police firing in Rohtas and Aurangabad. “The three incidents were unfortunate and the government is serious,” he said.

He added that there was an alarming trend among people in Bihar to gherao police stations, government offices and block roads even a person is arrested on charges of murder.

“More than 15 per cent of riots and mob violence occurring in the country happens in Bihar,” Vijay said.

The Aurangabad superintendent of police and district magistrate’s report tabled in the House, mentions that the police firing was triggered by a search carried out in a village reportedly giving shelter to Maoists.