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3 killed in Bihar police firing

Another person is injured as police open fire on a mob protesting against erratic power supply to Kahalgaon in Bihar's Bhagalpur district.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2008 22:46 IST

Public protest over erratic power supply to this town in Bihar's Bhagalpur district spiraled on Saturday when a youth was killed in police firing taking the death toll to three in two days of violence as the government shunted out four officials to calm frayed tempers.

Mohd Khairo (18) was killed and another identified as Mohd Aslam injured when police opened fire on a mob that set ablaze the government hospital and attacked police with stones in Pathanpura locality, official sources said.

A student was killed and another wounded on Friday when police had fired on the protestors who had fought pitched battles with the police at several places in and around the town, which left over 50, injured.

Another person, who was injured on Friday, succumbed to injuries during treatment on Saturday. At the crack of dawn today, thousands of people came out on the streets to protest Friday's police firing in which a student Sumit Kumar was killed and another injured.

Their numbers soon swelled and protestors marched to the local hospital where they set on fire an ambulance and the Chief Medical Officer's jeep before torching the building. Furniture and stationery worth several lakh of rupees were damaged in the blaze.

The crowd pelted the police with stones in Pathanpura locality prompting the firing in which Mohd Khairo was killed and Mohd Aslam injured.

Large contingents of District Armed Police, Special Auxiliary Police comprising ex-servicemen rose to tackle naxal menace and Rapid Action Force contingents are patrolling the town where the situation is tense.