Barbaric lathicharge on peaceful and unarmed devotees: VHP demands action against guilty in Munger police open fire on Durga immersion

Vishwa Hindu Parishad has hit out at Bihar government after brutal police action on a Durga idol immersion procession. A person has died while several incurred heavy injuries in police lathi charge and open fire after a chaos erupted in the procession over reasons which are yet to be ascertained.

A disturbing image that has emerged after the incident is that of a young man dead on the ground, his head split open.

Terming the action of the police as barbaric, the VHP has demanded action against the guilty policemen. The organization further suggested that “It could be a conspiracy of the local administration to effect the ongoing Bihar elections.”

It adds that those found guilty should be prosecuted under section 302 (murder) of the IPC in a fast track court and punished, and also demanded adequate compensation for those affected by the action.

According to police sources, they resorted to action after some anti social elements from the procession hurled stones. Durga Puja organisers allegedly took out a procession along with loud music in the background close to midnight for the immersion. The situation turned ugly around 11.50 pm when police officials allegedly roughed up four persons who were carrying idols on their shoulders. The mob then began pelting stones, while the police retaliated with a lathi charge and later tear gas shells.

The deceased was identified as Anurag Kumar. “Seven persons also received bullet injuries while one of them who is critical was rushed to Bhagalpur for better treatment,” said Niranjan, deputy superintendent of Munger Sadar Hospital, told Hindustan Times.