Patna: A group of men manhandled a station house officer (SHO) in Gopalganj district, snatched his revolver and fired from it as the cop was trying to clear a traffic snarl on Monday.
Mirganj police SHO Mukesh Kumar was removing the snarl in the market area of Mirganj, around 150km of Patna, to ensure that the convoy of Union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises, Giriraj Singh, passed smoothly.
None of the bullets hit Mukesh, but he suffered injuries to his face and limbs as the criminals thrashed him and tried to overpower him.
“He (Mukesh) was on duty as Union minister Giriraj Singh was to pass through the area on way to Gopalganj. A traffic jam developed in the market area of Mirganj near Hathua Mor and while removing it he scolded a couple of youths on bike,” said Nirbhay Rai, an officer posted at Mirganj police station. “The youths turned the matter into a prestige issue. They went away and returned with more men who then attacked the SHO. They snatched his revolver and beat him, and also fired from it.”
Mukesh was later taken to the Hathua sub-divisional hospital for treatment and discharged after some time.
Gopalganj superintendent of police Rashid Zaman too reached the area and took stock of the situation.
He said traffic congestion was common in the market area, and also confirmed the scuffle. “The SHO suffered slight injuries on his face during the scuffle. However, he has not been shot, as some people are saying,” Zaman said.
Investigations have been launched, even as RJD spokesperson Mritunjay Tiwari said: “The influence of government is nowhere to be seen. Crime is spilling on to the national highways, roads and streets. The fear of police and administration in the hearts of criminals is gone and they are doing whatever they want. Chief minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP are responsible for this lawlessness.”
Courtesy: The Telegraph