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14 arrested, Bihar government forms two-member probe committee in Muzaffarpur clashes

At least 14 people were arrested by police after a mob torched houses in a village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district killing three people following the recovery of a youth’s body, as per news reports on Monday.

The government has reportedly formed a two-member enquiry committee to probe the matter and a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh has also been announced for the family of the victims.

Tension gripped a Bihar village Monday, a day after three people were burnt to death and 10 were injured when a mob torched over three dozen houses in Muzaffarpur district after the body of an abducted youth was found, police said.

Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Anupam Kumar told IANS by telephone that a probe into the arson attack began following the directive of Chief Minister Jitan Kumar Manjhi, who is on a visit to Mumbai.

Manjhi is likely to visit the village on Monday evening.

Kumar said that preliminary probe suggests that clash in the village was the result of a love affair.

“District administration was not taking any chances, fearing retaliation by villagers,” he said.

The incident took place in Ajitpur Bahilwara village after the body of a 20-year-old boy was recovered Sunday. He was allegedly abducted and killed for his love affair with a girl from a different community.

Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjeet Kumar Mishra said a mob attacked the house of the main accused in the youth’s abduction and killing, triggering a clash between the villagers.

“Mob torched several houses in which three people were burnt to death and some injured. They also set ablaze vehicles,” Mishra said.

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