Forbesganj firing: Nitish Kumar orders judicial probe

By TCN Staff Reporter,

Patna: After coming under fire from the opposition and earning criticism from the public and the media, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into the police firing which killed six Muslims in Bhajanpur village of Forbesganj block in Araria district of Bihar. Several others were also injured in the firing which took place on Friday.

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While informing about the decision, the Chief Minister said to media persons that he would write to the Chief Justice of Patna High Court seeking to provide a judge for conducting the probe.

The decision to hold a judicial inquiry has been taken after Home Secretary Amir Subhani and Additional Director General of police (HQ) Rajyawardhan Sharma, who visited the affected area, submitted an interim report to the CM. The report had recommended a judicial probe.

Notably, all the opposition parties including RJD, LJP, Congress, CPI and NCP flayed Nitish government for the bloody incident and asked him to step down on moral grounds. A delegation of the Congress youth submitted a memorandum to the Governor demanding his intervention to ensure justice for the victims and punishment to the guilty.

Meanwhile, LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddiqi and RJD Secretary General Ram Kirpal Yadav visited the affected village and promised all kinds of efforts for justice to the victims.

The incident took place in the Muslim-dominated Bhajanpur village under Forbesganj assembly constituency in Araria district of Bihar. The villagers were protesting against the blockage of a path by Auro Sundram International Private Limited company, which is setting up a factory of starch and glucose. The road, which connects the village with the block headquarters, has been used by the villagers for years until the factory owners blocked it without providing any alternative.