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Bihar: One dead, two injured in clash between RJD, BJP workers in Chapra, internet shut down

The tensions escalated after a candidate came near a polling station on May 20. Saran, along with 4 other Lok Sabha seats, went to polls in fifth phase. BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudi is contesting against RJD's Rohini Acharya in Saran.

Edited By: Shubham Bajpai Saran (Bihar) Published on: May 21, 2024 20:59 IST
Chapra Police flag march after one killed in a scuffle
Image Source : X/ ANI Chapra Police flag march after one killed in a scuffle between BJP and RJD workers

In an incident of political violence one person was killed and two others were injured on Tuesday after a clash erupted between workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar's Chapra.

Giving details of the incident, Saran District Magistrate Aman Samir said that tension erupted on the day of polling for the fifth phase (May 20) after a candidate came near a polling station. 

Tensions further escalated on Tuesday morning when a scuffle broke out between supporters of two groups. Two persons have been arrested in the case.

"Some tensions erupted yesterday between two parties after a candidate came near polling station 318-319. After the tension, our patrolling team was deputed. This morning a scuffle broke out between the supporters of both groups (BJP and RJD) and one of them opened fire. One person died and the two were injured," said Aman Samir.

He said that the police carried out a flag march appealing to people to maintain their calm and sufficient police force has been deployed with officers patrolling in the area. Taking precautionary measures, the district administration has also ordered internet shutdown for two days. According to him the situation is "under control."

"The accused are being identified and action will be taken against them. We appeal to everyone to maintain peace. Two people have been arrested...We are patrolling continuously and sufficient deployment has been made. The situation is under control," DM Aman Samir said.

What the Saran SP said?

Meanwhile, Saran Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Mangla said one of the two injured persons is "safe" and the body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem. He asserted that strict action will be taken against those behind the incident.

"Yesterday, a disturbance happened outside booth number 318-319 in Chapra. Today, some anti-social elements opened fire at three people. One of them is dead, the other has been admitted to the hospital for treatment, while the third person is safe. The body has been sent for post-mortem," the Saran SP said.

Notably, Bihar’s 5 Lok Sabha seats namely, Saran, Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, Sitamarhi and Madhubani went for polling during the fifth phase on Monday (May 20).

BJP has pitted Rajiv Pratap Rudy against RJD's Rohini Acharya, daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav, in the Saran Lok Sabha constituency. Rudy, the two-time incumbent MP from the seat, won it in 2014 and 2019. Polling for 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar is being held in seven phases. Votes will be counted on June 4.

(With PTI Inputs)

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