A man was killed and several people reportedly injured in firing following a clash during the immersion of a Durga idol in Bihar’s Munger district on Monday.
The state will see its first phase of Assembly elections on Wednesday. Police said some anti-social elements restored to stone pelting which injured 20 policemen after which someone from the crowd fired leading to one person’s death. Superintendent of Police (Munger) Lipi Singh said the situation is under control at present.
The deceased was identified as Anurag Poddar. The violence reportedly erupted following a clash between volunteers and the police over taking an idol for immersion. When the situation escalated, the police reportedly also fired.
Some officials said policemen were also fired upon. “Rumours were spread and attempts were made to vitiate the atmosphere after the incident,” an official was quoted as saying by NDTV, adding that three pistols, bullets and cartridges were found.
Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi said the incident was “unfortunate” and the Election Commission should investigate and take action.
LJP leader Chirag Paswan, who has taken on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party, the JD(U), in the Assembly election, said devotees were fired upon in the ‘Taliban-like’ rule of Kumar.
“Munger police should be charged with murder… The local SP should be immediately suspended and an FIR registered. The family of the victim should be given Rs 50 lakh and a government job,” Paswan said.