At least 3 people, including a press photographer, were injured when police today opened fire on a mob of businessmen protesting against the killing of a trader at Mohania in Kaimur district.
The mob set a fire the Mohania police station building and several vehicles, including 3 police jeeps and 2 fire tenders. The police station building was partially damaged. A few policemen also sustained injuries as the protesters pelted the cops with stones.
Trader Sunil Jaiswal was shot dead while he was on the way to his home on Monday evening. The killing took place in a prime locality, near the Mohania police station.
On Tuesday, traders downed their shutters, blocked the NH -2 and gheraoed [surrounded] the police station. They shouted slogans against police failure to arrest the culprits in four cases of murder and two of robbery in recent days. They turned violent when police used force to disperse mob.
Sonu Jaiswal, press photographer Narendra Kumar and Arun Kumar, correspondent of a Hindi daily, were injured in the police firing. Admitted to a local hospital where their condition was stated out of danger.
Patna zonal IG Bhrigu Srinivasan and divisional commissioner K P Ramaiah also air-dashed to Mohania after chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered a joint probe into the incident by them. Earlier, CM Kumar summoned chief secretary Anup Mukherjee and DGP Neelmani to know about the situation in Mohania and the reasons behind the public outcry.
Late in evening, Mohania SHO Aquil Ahmad was suspended for inept handling of the situation. In Patna, DGP Neelmani quoted Kaimur SP Uma Shankar to deny firearm injuries to any newsman.