A police station in-charge and a villager were allegedly shot dead by a former mukhiya and his supporters in the Judavanpur high school compound which also houses the police station in Vaishali district,about 50 kilometres from Patna,on Wednesday night.
The accused,Srikant Roy,former mukhiya of Shivpur-Baradi panchayat,is on the run. No arrests have been made so far.
According to reports,the incident took place at around 8:30 pm,during New Year celebrations in the high school premises. Sub-Inspector Anil Kumar,40,reportedly tried to intervene when Roy entered into an argument with a villager,Sudhir Singh,whose father was a dafadar at the Judavanpur police station.
Roy,who was reportedly drunk,accused Kumar of favouring Singh and allegedly threatened to kill him. Roy later reportedly shot Kumar and Singh,with whom he had an old enmity,from close range. The duo were rushed to the Patna Medical College and Hospital,where they succumbed to their injuries.
At least three of Roys supporters are reported to have been armed,although there was no confirmation yet on whether they also shot at the victims. Vaishali SP Suresh Choudhary said all the four have been named in the FIR and raids are being conducted to nab them.
Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) personnel had to fire in the air to disperse the mob that gathered at the police station. A four-wheeler belonging to Roy was torched while a firearm belonging to the SAP is reported to be missing.
Roy is reported to have several criminal cases against him.