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Police open fire to quell Ranvir Sena protest

Police fired in the air to disperse a violent crowd which attacked them with stones while protesting the killing of a Ranvir Sena activist in Bihar's Bhojpur district on Saturday.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 13:35 IST
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Police fired in the air to disperse a violent crowd which attacked them with stones while protesting the killing of a Ranvir Sena activist in Bihar's Bhojpur district on Saturday.

Deputy Superintendent of Police SS Thakur said that police fired 12 rounds in self-defence when scores of people protesting the killing of Surendra Rai, a member of the banned Ranvir Sena, a private militia of upper caste land owners, attacked them at Dharhara village.

A Magistrate, Jeet Singh, and six policemen were injured in stone-throwing and a police jeep was badly damaged prompting the policemen to resort to firing in which none was injured.

Rai was shot dead by some unidentified assailants at Jameera village this morning and his supporters carrying his body blocked the Ara-Patna road at Dharhara village.

When the police tried to remove the road blockade, they were attacked.

Five persons have been taken into custody for attacking the police, Thakur said, adding patrolling has been intensified in the area in view of the tension.