Another charred body was recovered from north Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, hit by violence regarding a suspected honour killing over an inter-community love affair.
This comes even as Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi cut his trip to Mumbai short to take stock of the situation. He announced a high-level inquiry into the incident.
On Sunday, the body of an abducted youth was found, and it was alleged that his death was the result of an honour killing.
Burnt wreckage of vehicles, set on fire by a rioting mob, are seen in front of a charred house at Sareya village in Muzaffarpur. (PTI Photo)
Violence ensued almost immediately with a mob setting several houses of fire, leaving three people dead.
An FIR was registered at the Saraiya police station on Monday against 2,000 persons, including 50 who were named, in connection with the killings and large scale arson at Ajijpur village, the epicenter of violence. Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the arsons.
The bodies of the first three victims were handed over to their family members after the postmortem. Their funerals took place under the thick cover of security. The fourth victim’s body has been sent to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (Muzaffarpur) for an autopsy.
Security men arrive to control the violent mob. (PTI Photo)
Additional security has been deployed at Ajijpur and neighbouring Bahilawada Bhuwal to ensure the violence does not continue.
"Four companies of the central reserve police force (CRPF), five companies of the Bihar military police and one company from the rapid action force have been deployed to maintain peace in the region," said Gupteshwar Pandey, additional director general of police, Saraiya.
Relief work has already begun and the chief minister announced an ex-gratia payment of `5 lakh to each of the 56 affected families.