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All that remains in Mzaffarpur village are gutted huts, charred belongings
Death toll five, 05-year-old kid to 70-year-old man among dead; scores still untraceable
Tuesday January 20, 2015 7:45 AM, ummid.com & Agencies

With the recovery of one more charred body, death toll in Sunday's communal violence in a village in north Bihar's Muzaffapur has climbed to five.

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[Burnt wreckage of vehicles, set on fire by a rioting mob, are seen in front of a charred house at Sareya village in Muzaffarpur. (Photo: Press Trust of India)]

Four people were confirmed dead Sunday itself. One more charred body was found Monday taking the death toll to five. Those killed are identified as Mohammad Akhtar (55), Mohammad Altaf (70), Mohammad Payare (12), Mohammad Jeelani (17) and Mohammad Rabbani (05).

On Monday, the villagers who had run away from Azizpur village under Saraiya police station of Muzaffarpur following large scale arson, killing and looting, returned back only to find gutted huts and charred belongings.

Local police has registered FIR against 2,000 persons, including 50 who were named, however only fourteen people have been arrested so far in connection with the worst kind of violence of recent time.

The clash between the two groups triggered after the recovery of the body of one Bhartendu Sahni, 19, who was from a neighbouring village, Bahilwara Mali Tola. Sahni, a college student was traceless from January 9 and his family members had lodged a case against one Sadaquat Ali alias Vikki of Azizpur village in this connection.

After recovery of the dead body of the youth from an agricultural field on Sunday, the infuriated villagers rushed to the Azizpur village and burnt down about 59 houses there. A total of 37 houses are said to be destroyed completely. It is also reported that for several hours, the police and the administration could not enter the village.

The bodies of the victims were handed over to their family members after the postmortem. Their funerals took place under the thick cover of security. One of the victim's body has been sent to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (Muzaffarpur) for an autopsy.

Additional security has been deployed at Azizpur and neighbouring Bahilawada Bhuwal to ensure the violence does not continue.

"Four companies of the central reserve police force (CRPF), five companies of the Bihar military police and one company from the rapid action force have been deployed to maintain peace in the region," said Gupteshwar Pandey, additional director general of police, Saraiya.

Iqbal Mohammad Sami, speaker RJD, from Muzaffarpur said every thing was under control at the village. Administration has announced Rs 5.5 lakh for the families of those who died while Rs one lakh will be given to those who have lost their houses or suffered any kind of damage (houses and injured). Rs 4,200 will be given for utensils, blankets and fooding from state government to the villagers, an official said.

The incident was said to be the result of an alleged love affair between the boy and the girl of two different communities. Her family was not ready for the relationship while the boy's side was ready. The duo studied in the same college.

"Boy's family had already lodged a complaint claiming he was missing. His family told me that the girl's side called the boy at their home and alleged that he was killed and later buried in front of a place of worship. It was a dog that pulled out the body's hand and the recovery of the body was possible.The clash occurred soon after," Sami added.



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