Munger: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said in its report that the local police fired first in order to control the situation after a protest broke out at a Durga Puja event in Munger.
The violence in Munger happened during Durga idol immersion ceremony amidst the ongoing Bihar assembly elections.
Additional Director General of Bihar Police, Jitendra Kumar said that he did not receive any report from the CISF. Kumar said, “We are doing the investigation with a team headed by Magadh range Divisional Commissioner and the report will be submitted to the Election Commission in seven days,” was quoted as saying by IANS.
According to reports prepared by the CISF, an altercation took place between the local police and the devotees when the procession of Goddess Durga immersion.
“Since, there was heavy stone pelting from the other side and the situation was out of control, M. Gangaiah, a CISF personnel, fired 13 rounds from an Insas rifle in the air to control the situation. After firing in the air, a mob dispersed from the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk,” the report said.
The Munger Police also claimed that 100 bullets and two magazines were missing from the Purab Sarai police station. This police station was destroyed by the protestors on Thursday.
The local residents said that Munger Police again fired on Monday night around 11:45 pm that left one person dead and several others were injured.
Earlier, Bihar Police had claimed that the firing was done by some anti-social elements and not the police.
Divisional Commissioner, Asangba Chuba has been given the responsibility of the investigation. However, a team of Congress leaders met the Governor and demanded to take strict actions against the culprits.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the Munger incident was an attack on Hindutva.
“If such an incident would have taken place in Maharashtra, West Bengal or Rajasthan, the Governor and the BJP leaders would have asked for President’s rule. As the incident has happened in Bihar which is ruled by the NDA, none of the leaders is talking about it,” he said.