EC removes DM, SP as mob assaults Munger police stations

Patna/Munger, October 29

The Election Commission (EC) has removed the District Magistrate (DM) and the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Munger over the violence during a Durga Puja event early this week, even as a group of protesters went on the rampage in the town on Thursday, setting some police stations and outposts on fire and ransacking the SP and the SDO offices.

The poll panel on Thursday also ordered an inquiry into the firing and stone-pelting during the immersion of an idol of goddess Durga late Monday night in which one person had died and several others were injured. The Election Commission has asked Magadh Divisional Commissioner Asangba Chuba Ao to complete the probe within a week.

Hours later, the Bihar government named Rachna Patil as the DM and Manavjit Singh Dhillon as the SP. During the day, a mob, alleging that no action was taken against the erring cops, torched muffasil and women police stations in the town. They also allegedly set police outposts at Purab Sarai and Basudeopur on fire, and ransacked the SP office and several other police stations. — PTI

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