Araria (Bihar): Nine policemen and a
villager was injured on Tuesday when protesters blocking NH-57
clashed with police in Bihar`s Araria district.
Around 2000 relief-seekers assembled on the Purnia-Araria
National Highway at Gayari village and blocked the road,
Superintendent of Police Umashankar Sudhanshu said.
When the police persuaded them to lift the blockade, they
turned violent and started throwing stones and brickbats. Some
anti-socials in the crowd also fired, he said.
Nine policemen, including Deputy Superintendent of
Police, Md Qasim, Station House Officer (Araria PS)
Ramashankar Singh and Assistant Sub-inspector Ramvilas Singh,
sustained injuries in the firing and stone-throwing incidents,
he said, adding they were admitted to a government hospital
As lathicharge failed to quell the rampaging mob, police
fired two rounds in which a villager was critically
injured, officials said.
Locals had launched the blockade to protest against the
alleged irregularities in distribution of relief among the
people who were affected by the thundersquall that hit the
district in April.