New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought
the Bihar government`s stand on a plea for a CBI probe into
the police firing on a group of villagers in Forbesganj in
June that left five persons dead.
A bench of justices R M Lodha and J S Khehar issued
notice to the state government, seeking its response to the
plea for CBI probe into the incident.
The plea was made by a civil society, Association for
Protection of Civil Rights, alleging that the state government
was protecting the police officials who had resorted to the
firing at unarmed villagers.
The non-governmental organisation also pleaded the court
to direct the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10
lakh to the family members of each of the deceased and Rs
5 lakh each to those injured in the police firing.
The residents of Rampur and Bhajanpur villages under
Forbesganj block in Araria district had come out after Friday
prayer to protest against blockade of the connecting road
between the two villages for a factory when the firing took