Mass shooting in Begusarai; 1 killed, 10 injured


A 25-year-old man died and 10 others were injured after two unidentified bike-borne men open fired at 10 locations in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Tuesday evening. The police said that the accused are yet to be arrested.

The police informed that the first firing was reported from an area under the Teghra police station. A senior police officer said the assailants were heading towards Begusarai from the adjoining Samastipur district on the National Highway-28.

 The officer added, requesting anonymity, “The other nine firings were reported from Bachhwara, Phulwaria, Barauni and Chakia police station areas in the next 40 minutes.”

All the 10 firings took place within a radius of 30 kilometers, and the investigation is going on to identify the accused. The officer said, “We are looking into the CCTV footage from one of the firing spots.” In the footage, the man driving the bike can be seen with a helmet while the person sitting on the back has his face covered with a cloth.

Satyaveer Singh, deputy inspector general of police, Begusarai said, “We have intensified raids to find the accused. Their identity is yet to be ascertained,” said Singh. “A high alert has been sounded in Begusarai and Patna districts.”

The deceased is identified as Chandan, who is 25 years old and is a resident of Pipra village in Begusarai. He succumbed to his bullet injuries in a local hospital. Others who were injured have been taken to different hospitals for treatment and four are stated to be critical.

Soon after the incident, the BJP hit out at the grand alliance government in Bihar. Union minister Giriraj Singh, the BJP MP from Begusarai, said, “There is no government in Bihar, and no fear of law among criminals.”

The Spokesperson of the RJD, Chitranjan Gagan, said, “This incident has been committed to tarnish the image of Bihar.”