Four villagers, including one woman, died and at least six persons sustained injuries when a group of Seema Sasashtra Bal (SSB) jawans clashed with residents of Batraha village in Bihar’s Araria district on Monday.
At least two SSB jawans were also critically injured and two taken hostage by the villagers.
Purnia range DIG Amit Kumar, who visited the spot near the India-Nepal border with other senior police officers as well as top SSB officials, was trying to persuade the villagers to release the bodies and the jawans held hostage, when reports last came in.
The villages were holding demonstration with the bodies and adamant over their demand to take stringent action against the jawans involved in the clash. They are also demanding that the SSB camp be shifted to some other location.
The Purnia range DIG said the circumstances leading to the incident were still not clear and an inquiry was already underway.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the firing and sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each in relief to the next of kin of the four persons killed.