Hajipur (Bihar): Unidentified gunmen today shot dead newly elected head of the Jandahan block panchayat samiti in Bihar’s Vaishali district, triggering violent protest by locals, a district official said.
Six others also suffered bullet injuries in the attack while local people and supporters of panchayat head Manish Sahni resorted to arson at Jandahan bazar, block office and police stations besides resorting to firing in the open, the official said.
The deceased was elected as ‘pramukh’ (head) of the Jandahan block panchayat samiti recently. Sahni was also secretary of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) of Vaishali district.
Vaishali district magistrate Rajiv Roshan confirmed the death.
The incident occurred while Sahni was coming out of his chamber at the Jandahan block office when unidentified assailants, who came on motorcycles, fired indiscriminately on him. The critically injured Sahni was taken to a nearby primary health centre at Jandahan. The doctors at the health centre referred him to Hajipur, where he died during treatment at a private nursing home.
“Six persons were also injured in the firing. We have heard about the death of another person but it is yet to be verified,” the DM said. He said police resorted to firing in the open to disperse the agitating mob.
Considering the situation prevailing in Jandahan, the DM said prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC had been clamped with immediate effect in the area. He said the situation was tense but under control.
Police personnel have been deployed in the area.