A day after a person was killed and nine others sustained injuries in separate firing incidents in Begusarai district, Bihar Police on Wednesday suspended seven police officials.
Police also said that two suspects of Begusarai were arrested in Samastipur. Pistol and cartridges were recovered from nearby and two criminals were caught in order of vehicle investigation.
Reacting to the incident, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that a probe should examine all angles in the firing incidents that took place in Begusarai yesterday claiming the life of one person while leaving nine injured.
“We have called a meeting and held a detailed discussion on this incident. A probe should be done from every angle into this incident. A few days ago, I conducted a meeting to review law and order in the state,” he said. Earlier in the day, Kumar said that he had instructed the officers to remain vigilant.
Addressing media persons, Additional Director General of Police (HQ) Jitendra Singh Gangwar said, “Prima facie, our patrolling party was on the streets. Still, they either could not stop the criminals or could not do the checking. In this connection, seven Police officials have been suspended with immediate effect.”
Asked about the attackers, ADG Gangwar said CCTV footage captured the assailants and police are verifying their identities. He said some people have been detained and police are questioning them.
“Checking was done all through the night. Neighbouring districts were alerted. A separate investigation team has collected CCTV footage. The criminals can be seen on them. We are verifying. A few people have been detained and they are being questioned,” added the officials.
One person died while nine others sustained injuries in separate firing incidents at different locations on Tuesday in Bihar’s Begusarai, according to a police official.Superintendent of Police, Yogendra Kumar said that the police are checking the CCTV footage to ascertain the perpetrators.
As per police, two bike-borne assailants are behind the firing incidents in which several people are reported to be injured. “Two persons with bullet injuries have been brought to the hospital,” said the doctor in the Government hospital in Teghra. Further investigation into the matter is underway.
Meanwhile, Opposition came down heavily on the government for ‘failure of law and order’. BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain slammed Nitish Kumar’s government for the law and order situation in the state. He said, “I was trying to set up industries in Begusarai but now bullets are being fired like terrorists in Punjab and Kashmir. So many people have been shot and injured. This is a big incident in Bihar. The morale of criminals is increasing in Bihar and people will not forgive those who boost the morale of criminals.”
Union Minister Giriraj Singh blamed Nitish’s government for the Begusarai firing incident and accused it is due to the lack of law and order in the state.
“Whenever a ‘Mahagathbandan’ government is made, law and order situation deteriorates. CM (Nitish Kumar) has now termed ‘Jungle raj’ to ‘Janta raj’”, said Giriraj Singh. Moreover, BJP workers have become furious after the incident on NH 28 in Begusarai and have blocked several roads of the district.
“BJP workers blocked the wheel by forming different teams on all the roads of the district including NH 28 NH 31 SS 55. They are protesting by taking to the road with slogans such as Murdabad Nitish Kumar Murdabad Bihar Sarkar, shame”, informed the Police administration.