Patna: As politics in the unfortunate firing during Durga idol immersion ceremony in Munger intensifies amid the 2020 Bihar Assembly Election, a report submitted by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on the October 26 violence has stated that the firing was first done by the local police and when the situation went out of control, the CISF also fired later in the air. Also Read - Bihar Elections: Who Will be The Next CM? NDA to Finalise Today
The report on the Munger violence was submitted by CISF to the Election Commission, news agency IANS reported. According to IANS, copy of that report in which it was stated that a quarrel between the local police and devotees took place over the slow speed of the procession, was in their possession. Also Read - Who Will Win Bihar Election 2020? Astrologer Predicts Tejashwi Yadav Has A Better Chance At Winning
“Subsequently, some of the locals pelted stones on the police party. In retaliation, local police fired in the air. As a result, devotees got angrier and intensified the stone-pelting. Also Read - Bihar Elections 2020: Tehseen Poonawalla Files Complaint With EC Over ‘Communal Remark’ of PM Modi
“In view of the tense situation, a team of the CISF comprising 20 personnel and other paramilitary forces were deployed there to restore peace.
“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 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.
However, the Hindustan Aawam Morcha Chief and former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi today said, “It won’t be right to comment on Munger firing incident before the findings of the probe are out. But Bihar govt has taken swift action into the incident & is doing what is required.”
DIG Manu Maharaj: ‘Situation under control’
“Situation is normal now, our force is deployed & we are monitoring continuously. We’ll find those who caused arson and action will be taken. What caused the man’s death (on Oct 26) is subject of the probe, won’t comment on it,” DIG Manu Maharaj was quoted as saying by ANI. Manu Maharaj is in Munger and led a flag march in the town yesterday.
On Friday, the Munger Police claimed that 100 rounds of bullets and two magazines were missing from the Purab Sarai police station. This police station was vandalised by agitators on Thursday who were not satisfied with the police action.
Local residents claimed that firing was done by the Munger Police on Monday night around 11.45 p.m., leaving one person dead and several others injured.
Earlier, the Bihar Police had claimed that the firing was done by some anti-social elements and not by the police. The violence took place as the locals were on their way to immerse the Durga idol at the end of the Navratri days.
Earlier, the Election Commission had ordered the removal of SP Lipi Singh and DM Rajesh Meena after a furore over the firing incident.