GRP personnel try to extort passengers in Bihar
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 21:23
  
Munger/Lakhisarai: The GRP personnel, who claimed that they opened fire to foil a robbery attempt on a train in Bihar critically injuring a vendor, actually tried to extort passengers in the early hours on Saturday, police said after a preliminary inquiry.

Official reports had earlier said that the GRP personnel had fired trying to foil an attempt by robbers to loot passengers of Jamlpur-Kiul DMU train at Dhanuri railway station in Lakhisarai district.

IG (Railway) S K Bardwaj, who rushed to the spot after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered state police chief to get the incident inquired into, rejected the ealier report and said after a preliminary inquiry "it appears to be a case of high handedness and illegal act by the GRP personnel."

He also ordered arrest of all the six GRP personnel -- a sub-inspector, a havildar and four constables.

Bardwaj said the GRP men had tried to extort money from some businessmen travelling on the train and was resisted. Other passengers, who too put up a resistance alerted their relatives over their mobile phones.

When the train arrived at Dhanuri, the personnel faced angry protestors waiting for them on the platform and afraid of assault, they opened fire, he said.

Earlier, the chief minister ordered Director General of Police Anand Shankar to get the train robbery incident inquired into and submit a report.

"In fact they (the GRP personnel escorting the train) opened fire trying to scare away some passengers who resisted their illegal act in the train," Bardwaj said.

A stray bullet fired by them hit the vendor Rakesh Kumar of nearby Pavai village and critically injured him, Superintendent of Police (Railway) Bimal Kumar said.

The injured vendor was admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital and was operated upon, he said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 21:23


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