Two persons were killed and nine others, including two police personnel, were injured when police opened fire at protesting villagers in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Tuesday.
Pradeep Paswan (21) and Upendra Singh Kushwaha (25), who sustained bullet injuries, died while they were being treated at the primary health centre.
The incident took place at Akbarpur when villagers, while blocking the road, pelted stones at police, DIG Umashankar Sudhansu said.
Trouble started on Monday with the arrest of a youth of Akbarpur village for sending a derogatory SMS targeting a particular community. Rumour spread that the arrested youth was severely beaten up at the police station. As a result, the villagers came out on the road in protest on Tuesday and staged the blockade. The situation turned violent as police tried to remove the blockade, the DIG said.
“Seven people have been injured in the police firing, while two police personnel have been injured in the stone pelting by the villagers,” the DIG said, adding that the agitators also torched a police patrol car.