Patna, Dec 11, A police constable was shot dead by unidentified criminals in Bihar’s Vaishali district on Monday, police said, IANS reported.
Dipnarain Rai from the Special Auxiliary Police was killed when he was on way to take up duty at the Hajipur Jail. The shooting took place near the prison in Hajipur town, Vaishali Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said, IANS report added.
According to Hindustan Times report: ” the jail is near the busy national highway (NH)-77 that links Hajipur, headquarters of Vaishali district, 22 km north of state capital Patna, to Sonbarsa near the India-Nepal border. Eyewitnesses said as the criminals opened fire, the guards on duty at the outer gate of the jail took shelter inside the barrack, while passersby ran helter-skelter for safety”.
Sitamarhi district transport officer Chitranjan Kumar, who was on way to his place of posting from Patna, saw Rai lying along the NH-77 in a pool of blood and took him to a hospital, where doctors declared the SAP constable brought dead, HT report added.
One other person who was injured in the incident is unconscious and going through the treatment.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP) Ajoy Kumar, who is holding charge of SP, said that criminals intercepted Rai near the jail gate and shot him on his head. “Rai had been assigned duty outside the jail gate. We are trying to find out if Rai had entered into arguments with any visitor to the jail recently,” Kumar said.