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Cops taken hostage by angry villagers in Bihar

The villagers were "angry" with the OC for allegedly beating up people at a polling booth "without any valid reason".

india Updated: May 23, 2006 15:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The officer in-charge of Bath police station and Sub-Inspector of Sultanganj police station were taken hostage by angry villagers in Kumaintha panchayat in the district on Tuesday, official sources said.

The sources said the villagers were "angry" with OC Dinesh Kumar Singh for allegedly beating up villagers at a polling booth "without any valid reason" during the third phase of panchayat elections in Shyampur village on May 21.

A few army jawans who had come to the village on holiday were among those beaten up by the OC, the sources said.

They said that as part of a "well crafted plan", the villagers telephoned the police about presence of criminals in the village and when the policemen arrived, they were taken captive.

Police reinforcements under a Deputy Superintendent of Police and Sub-Divisional Officer (Sadar) have rushed to the village.

First Published: May 23, 2006 14:58 IST