Two killed, dozen injured in police firing in Bihar

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 15:50 hrs

Patna, Oct 12 (IANS) Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured Friday when police opened fire to control violent protestors in the district headquarter town of Madhubani in Bihar, police said.

Two youths died on the spot after being hit by bullets and over a dozen were injured during the clash with police.

All the injured have been admitted to hospital.

"People clashed with police after pelting stones and torching some vehicles. Top police officials were rushed from neighbouring districts. Additional police personnel have also been deployed in the town," police spokesperson S.K. Bharadwaj said.

The situation in Madhubani was tense but under control, according to a Madhubani police official.

The trouble in the town started after a headless body was found 11 days ago. The family members of a missing youth, Prashant Kumar, claimed that the body was his and demanded that it be handed over to them.

Hundreds of people joined them. But when the police refused to give in to their demand, they started pelting stones and torched the collectorate building, SDM office, the police station of Madhubani town and several vehicles parked there.

Police opened fire and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the protestors, the police official said adding that two protestors were killed and a dozen others injured in the police action.

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