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6 of family burnt alive in Bihar

Hajipur, January 1
A woman and her five children were burnt alive by some persons at Raghopur in Vaishali district in the wee hours today for apparently refusing to withdraw a complaint of theft.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place in the area falling under the assembly constituency of Rabri Devi.

The officer-in-charge of Raghopur police station Nasriuddin Khan has been suspended.

The wife of Vijendra Mahto and her five children were burnt alive after some persons set ablaze their house at Rampur-Shyamchand village at around 1 a.m. SP Preeta Verma told PTI.

Mahto had lodged a complaint of theft of his buffalo in September last year in which one Jagat Rai and two others were named accused, the SP said.

Rai reportedly pressurised Mahto to withdraw the case and had threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to do so.

Rai, recently released on bail in the case, and his henchmen went to Mahto’s house last night and asked him to withdraw the case, Verma said.

When he refused to do so, they locked all seven members of the family inside the thatched house and set it on fire.

While the six perished in the fire, Vijendra received serious burn injuries and was hospitalised, the SP said.

Meanwhile, RJD president Lalu Prasad today hit out at the NDA government in Bihar for allegedly failing to check the “sliding law and order situation” in the state.

“With its promise of making Bihar crime-free in three months falling flat, the Nitish Kumar government is trying to cover its failure by overdose of promises. The NDA government has proved a complete failure on law and order front,” Prasad said.

He was talking to reporters after meeting relatives of the six members of an extremely backward caste family, who were burnt alive early today in Rampur-Shyamchand village, which falls in the assembly constituency of Rabri Devi.

The RJD chief dismissed the incident being an outcome of caste rivalry. “The incident has nothing to do with caste rivalry. It reflects a complete failure of law and order under the present government,” he said adding murderers do not have any caste.

He said the villagers said that despite repeated complaints by the victims, the officer-in-charge of the Raghopur police station did not pay any heed to the matter.

His wife and Leader of the Opposition Rabri Devi, RJD MP from Patna Ramkripal Yadav and party spokesman Shivanand Tiwari accompanied Prasad to Raghopur.

In Delhi the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemned the burning of a woman and her five children in Vaishali saying it “reflected the lawlessness in the state under the new regime”.

“We strongly condemn the incident which comes within a month after six poor Muslim peasants were massacred in Motihari. Such lawlessness does not augur well for the new Chief Minister of Bihar,” the organisation said in a release here. — PTI



Nitish orders probe into arson incident

Hajipur, January 1
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ordered a high-level inquiry into the arson incident at Ram Shyamchand village in Vaishali district last night, in which six members of a family, were burnt alive. After visiting the spot, Mr Kumar said a high-level inquiry into the incident.

“Nobody will be spared. Civil and police personnel, if found wanting in discharging their duties, will also be dealt with sternly,’’ he said.

The Chief Minister also announced compensation to the kins of the victims.

A medical team from the Sadar Hospital conducted the autopsy on the spot in view of the gravity of the situation.

Meanwhile, Jagat Rai, the main accused, was absconding along with his family members. — UNI


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