A public interest litigation has been filed in Patna High Court by a senior advocate of the Supreme Court to conduct a fair trial and speedy justice for the police firing victims in Munger, Bihar. Along with this, the petitioner has demanded a CBI inquiry in the case.
Alakh Alok Srivastava, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, has filed the PIL, which states that two months have passed but nothing has happened so far to bring justice to the mother of Anurag Kumar (18). On October 26, Anurag died in police firing at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk in Munger during the immersion of Durga idol.
Petition further said that to investigate the matter, the Bihar Police formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the leadership of Asangba Chuba Awa, Divisional Commissioner of Magadh Range, while his own police officers were accused. In such a situation, the Bihar government will not investigate the matter impartially. Therefore, it was urged in the PIL that the court recommend to the Bihar Government to conduct a fair and prompt investigation of the case by the CBI.
According to the eyewitnesses, the deceased was innocent and unarmed on October 26, 2020. At the same time, policeman Sushil Kumar Singh and others fired several rounds at innocent devotees, in which one died on the spot. Police personnel opened fire without warning, claimed the petition.
Srivastava cited the internal report of the CISF which stated that Bihar Police personnel had targeted the devotees in the firing. He also said that after the incident, the Election Commission of India had transferred Munger SP Lippi Singh and Collector Rajesh Meena. From this, it seems that Singh was found guilty of excessive use of police force on devotees.