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Suspected liquor smuggler killed in police encounter in Bihar

Press Trust of India  |  Katihar (Bihar) 

Violence erupted here today with a mob storming and vandalizing a station and blocking road traffic in protest against killing of a suspected liquor smuggler in a encounter.

The suspected liquor smuggler, Munna, was killed this morning in an exchange of fire with at station area of the district.

"Munna was sneaking into Katihar with liquor procured from Raiganj in the adjoining state of He opened fire at a police party which spotted him and was killed in retaliatory firing", of Police, Katihar, said.

Sale and consumption of liquor is completely banned in since 2016 when the Nitish Kumar brought in its prohibition policy.

"Munna's body was taken for post-mortem. Some locals took exception to the fact that family members were not informed before the body was taken away", the SP said.

"They vandalized the station and squatted on a nearby road demanding compensation to the next of the kin of the deceased besides suspension of the in-charge of Kachna outpost, who had led the police operation", the SP said.

After nearly six hours, the protesters were persuaded to give up their stir, the SP said adding that a magisterial probe has been ordered into the entire episode, "including the death of the suspected liquor smuggler as well as disruption of public order that followed".

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:55 IST