At least one person was killed and over 25 injured in a clash between police and crowd during the immersion of Durga idols in Bihar’s Munger town on the intervening night of October 26 and 27.
According to reports, violence erupted following an argument between people who were participating in the immersion ceremony and Kotwali police personnel. The police reportedly fired tear gas shells to calm the situation. However, people accused them of opening fire.
Netizens uploaded shocking visuals of the incident on social media. Hashtags like MungerDanga, ShameonMungerPolice, and BocyottMungerElection began to trend on Twitter.
One of the footage showed the police and security personnel brutally thrashing the crowd. The police in their defence alleged some of the revellers used firearms.
The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Anurag Kumar Poddar. He was reportedly shot in the head.
According to Durga Idol Immersion committee member Prakash Bhagat, revellers took 15 Durga idols for immersion in the Ganga following the administration’s order to immerse them by 5am on Tuesday as the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections are scheduled for October 28.
However, around 11.50am, police officers thrashed four persons carrying the idols. This led to a furore with people seeking action against the cops. Soon, the mob resorted to stone-pelting even as the cops started to lathi-charge.
With the situation showing no signs of relaxing, the police resorted to firing tear gas shells. Eyewitnesses said the police fired 15 rounds in the air to disperse the violent mob.
Munger SP Lipi Singh said: “The mob pelted stones and opened fire on police which led to the death of one person and injured 27 people including 20 policemen.”
The clash continued till around 1am before the administration brought it under control.
Following the incident, people sought the sacking of the superintendent. The situation in Munger and surrounding areas continues to remain tense despite the deployment of a large security force.