CM announces compensation for Kahalgaon victims,transfer officers

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Patna,Jan 19 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to each of the three people killed in police firing at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district since yesterday and transferred four senior government officers for failing to contain violence.

Taking strong exception to the police firing on agitating mob twice since yesterday in the small sub-divisional town, about 200 km from here, the Chief Minister directed Prinicipal Secretary, Home, Afzal Amanullah and Additional Director General of Police Abhayanand to rush Kahalgaon to access the situation and send a detailed report.

But before even getting their report the Chief Minister had already transferred the Kahalgaon Sub Divisonal Officer(SDO), Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP), Block Development Officer(BDO) cum Circle Officer(CO)and the Officer in Charge of Kahalgaon Police Station, offical sources told UNI here this evening.

Urging the people to remain calm and maintain peace in the township, the Chief Minister also held an emergency high power meeting with the state Power minister, Chairman of Bihar State Electricity Board, State Chief Secretary and the Director General of Bihar Police to ensure equitable and uninterrupted power supply in and around Kahalgaon area immediately, the sources informed and said Power Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav had also been asked to monitor the programme.

At least three people have been killed at Kahalgaon since yesterday when the police opened fire twice to disperse agitating mob protesting against the dismal power supply in the area.

In all 21 people, including a DSP rank police officer, were injured in brickbating and lathicharge during the violence when an ambulance and a police jeep were set afire this morning.

Today's violence broke out during a 24-hour Kahalgaon bandh when a 100 strong mob suddenly turned violent and pelted stones on the police forcing them to resort to lathi charge before opening fire killing one person on the spot. Yesterday, two people died in police firing in a simiar incident.

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