Patna: BJP on Wednesday demanded judicial probe into the Tuesday police firing at Akbarpur in Rohtas district. Leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said the chief minister’s claim that police resorted to firing in self-defence was not based on facts as the people were agitating peacefully.
Yadav told mediapersons that police brutally “murdered” Pradip Paswan and Upendra Kushwaha. They neither warned the mob nor resorted to lathicharge or firing teargass shells to disperse the crowd. Police fired on the head and chest of the two youths, he said.
Yadav said the police had earlier arrested one Ajay Shah for sending an SMS which hurt the religious sentiments of one of his friends from minority community. The group hostile to Ajay’s action resorted to looting shops and arson at some places. They assaulted Ajay’s brother at his house and went to the Rohtasnagar police station where Ajay was kept. Yadav alleged Ajay was assaulted both by the police and the mob. Later, he was shifted to Indrapuri police station. His relatives were not informed about his shifting and this led to rumourmongering in the town.
Police failed to control the situation and did not inform Ajay’s relatives about his location, Yadav alleged. Provoked by large-scale looting of their shops and attack on the commercial establishments, they approached the nearest police station where one of the sub-inspectors, Abdul Razak, misbehaved with them.
The BJP leader said police failed to read the situation and allowed people to indulge in rioting. He denied the firing was result of a communal clash. “There was no communal tension,” he claimed and added, “Innocent people have been arrested as police fabricated charges of loot of their rifles against some of them.”
Yadav said a team of senior BJP leaders would visit Akbarpur shortly to inquire into the incident.