2 killed after row over WhatsApp message

NEW DELHI: In a rapidly deteriorating situation over a mere message exchanged via WhatsApp between two friends from different communities, two people have been killed and almost seven others injured at Akbarpur village, in Rohtas district, Bihar, in India on Tuesday, 8 July. Although details are not available, the message is believed to have had communal undertones. The offended group reportedly launched violent attacks on several shops, going on a rampage.  

The Hindustan Times reports that matters got worse after Rohtas police station in-charge Mithilesh Kumar Jaiswal detained the person who supposedly sent the offending message and moved him away from the mob.

Rumours spread that the boy had been killed in police custody and that his body had been disposed of secretly. When his family could not find him at the police station, they started to accuse the police. Soon, the situation got completely out of hand as a large crowd gathered and attacked a police party and torched its vehicle.

Crowds also pelted heavy bricks at the police station and fired with country-made weapons, injuring several officials, policemen and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans. They also managed to snatch an SLR rifle of a Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawan. 

The police in turn opened fire in which two persons are said to have died, while the condition of CRPF jawans Chetan Desai and KK Yadav, who sustained injuries, is said to be critical.

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