Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bihar: Police arrest 14 accused, situation under control after Muzaffarpur violence

Patna: After a clash between two groups over alleged killing of a young boy by one of the group in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, police on Monday arrested 14 people accused of torching nine houses in a village. The violence left five people dead.

Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi who is on a visit to Mumbai has called off his trip and is expected to return to the state capital on Monday. "The situation remains tense but under control in the village, more than two dozen huts were set on fire," said Bihar state administrator Atul Prasad.

Briefing the situation Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ranjeet Kumar Mishra said, "The situation here is normal, this event happened around 12.30 on Sunday after the dead body was found. I reached here with the District Magistrate at around 2:00 PM and after that things have been under control."

The officer added, "We have made 14 arrests in all and the main accused has been arrested. The complaint has named 13 main accused who have also been arrested."

The body of 19-year-old Bhartendu Kumar was found near the house of Vikki, who is the main accused in the abduction and murder case, in Ajitpur village on Sunday morning, a police officer said.

As soon as the news spread, a group gathered near Vikki's residence and torched it along with eight other houses, said the SSP.

Vikki's father, who is a co-accused, has been arrested on the charges of kidnapping and murder of the 19 year-old youth, Mishra said.

As many as 400 policemen, including 40 police officers, were camping in the village to monitor the law and order situation which was tense, but under control, the SSP said.

Bhartendu had gone missing from the village on January 9. Vikki was named as an accused by the abducted youth's father, he said.

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