Violence erupts during idol immersion in Purnia, Madhepura; 2 killed, 36 injured

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Two people were killed and about three dozen injured in violence during idol immersion in different parts of Bihar, police said on Thursday.

Violence took place during idol immersion after Saraswati Puja in Bihar on Wednesday. A woman was among two people who were killed in the violence related to idol immersion in Purnea and Madhepura districts.

Vijay Shah alias Munna, in his mid 30s, was stoned to death following an altercation that ensued after he requested the puja revelers to reduce the volume of the loudspeaker in Tikapur village in Purnea on Wednesday.

“Shah was killed after he objected to loud music being played on the public address system,” said Amarendra Kumar Amar, a police official. An FIR has been lodged against three people by victim’s wife Anita Devi.

Phuldai Devi, in her 40s, was killed in Dubiyahi village in Madhepura when a bullet hit her during firing between two groups over a dispute related to idol immersion.

“She was killed while she was going to sell bangles in a market,” a police official said.