One person was killed and seven were injured in police firing today at Sidhmukh village in Rajasthan’s Churu district following violence over the murder of a local BSP leader Virendra Singh Nyangali,Principal Secretary (Home) S N Thanvi said.
The BSP leader was shot dead in the main market area at Rajgarh town about 30 kms from Churu by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants last evening.
An irate mob of locals protesting the incident and demanding action against the culprits today gheraoed Sidhmukh police station and tried to set a vehicle and furniture on fire prompting the police to open fire in self-defence which left eight persons injured,said Thanvi.
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital in Hisar in Haryana where one person succumbed to injuries,said the official,adding that he has been identified as Deevan Singh Cheepa,a resident of Sidhmukh.
Four constables have been suspended for dereliction of duty following the incident and an inquiry has been ordered into the circumstances that led to the firing,he said.
The state government has announced an ex-gratia of rupees five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and extended financial assistance to the injured.
The situation is under control with senior police and administrative officials rushing to the scene of firing to monitor the situation.