Holi violence in Bihar claims 12 lives,leaves 74 injured

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Patna, Mar 23 (UNI) Altogether 12 revellers were killed and 74 others sustained injuries in different parts of Bihar during yesterday's Holi celebrations, police here today said.

They said among the deceased three each belonged to Samastipur and Banka districts, followed by two each from Rohtas and Vaishali districts, while one each from Munger and Patna districts respectively. Among the deceased were two women from Samastipur district.

The maximum number of injured however, belonged to Vaishali district in north Bihar where a total of 34 Holi revellers sustained injuries in group clashes in Tangol, Arara, Chandpura and Kartaha villages, the police said, adding that as many as 25 other youths were injured in three villages in Samastipur district, also in north Bihar since yesterday.

Violent group clashes among Holi revellers were also reported from Rohtas, Jamui and Saran districts in which 15 people were injured.

All the injured were rushed to different hospitals and health centres across the state where the condition of several of them was stated to be critical, the police said.

Six Holi revellers in the capital city were also severely beaten up while another person was shot dead at Durukhi Mohalla after he was abducted from near his house by another group of revellers last night.

Reports from Samastipur district headquarter informed that, 25- year-old woman was hacked to death by some drunken revellers while she was enjoying holi with her family members and friends at her residence. The body of an unidentified woman was also recovered from Gola road in the district under misterious circumstances.

Altogether 12 people, including three woman, were injured in group clashes at Tangaul village under Town police station area in Rohatas district, the police said, adding among the injured, two were admitted to Patna Medical College Hospital for better treatment after their condition deteriorated.

Eleven people were also injured in separate shoot-outs in two villages in Saran district during holi celebrations. The injured included one woman.

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