In separate attacks on Tuesday night in Muzaffarpur and East Champaran, Bihar, at least nine security personnel—among them an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the excise department—were hurt, and three cars were damaged.
Muzaffarpur’s excise superintendent Sanjay Rai said that ASI Mohan Ram, and five other personnel of the excise department, were attacked in Kothiya village, which falls under the jurisdiction of Kanti police station. The attack took place during the raid after being tipped off about the sale of liquor in the area late on Tuesday evening.
“In reaction to the arrest of three liquor mafias, a large number of villagers attacked the team and freed the liquor mafias from our custody. Three of the six personnel sustained grievous injuries, while two vehicles were damaged in the attack,” said the excise superintendent.
“The injured personnel were immediately rushed to the hospital,” he added.
Notably, the Muzaffarpur Kanti Police on Wednesday filed a case in which eight people were named as suspects.
According to Jayant Kant, senior superintendent of police (SSP), raids are being conducted to apprehend the perpetrators.
In a separate incident that happened on Tuesday, a group of about 50 people attacked a police team in Raghunathpur village, resulting in three police officers being hurt and a vehicle being damaged. The village is located within the boundaries of East Champaran’s Ramgarhwa police station.
“We had definite information about the sale of Nepali wine in the presence of illegal liquor trader Ganesh Thakur. Just when the police were about to catch Thakur, about 50 people attacked the police team in which three cops were injured and a window pane of a vehicle was damaged,” said Inderjeet Paswan, station house officer (SHO), Ramgarhwa police station.
No arrest has been made as yet, he said.