Private finance company staffer shot dead in Bihar

Patna: A private finance company staffer was shot dead and his bag containing cash looted by unidentified criminals on Monday in Bihar’s Vaishali district, police said.

Aman Kumar, 30, a staffer of Ashirvad Micro Finance Company, was shot dead in broad daylight near near Arrai village under Sarai Police Station, said a police officer Raman Kumar.

Some eyewitnesses told the police that when the deceased resisted the bid to snatch bag from his hand, the two motorcycle-borne criminals shot at him and fled with cash-filled bag.

Aman later succumbed to the bullet injuries.

“Aman had collected Rs 33,324 from different women self-help groups and others in the villages and was on way to deposit in his company when the incident took place,” said the police officer.

The finance company official’s killing comes a day after the broad daylight killing of former Muzaffarpur Mayor Samir Kumar and his driver in Muzaffarpur on Sunday.

Hoewver, depite an apparent rise in crime in Bihar, ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) earlier in the day tried downplaying the killings and claimed there is rule of law in the state.

JD-U chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh told the media on Monday: “Chief minister Nitish Kumar can never compromise with rule of law. The state government policy is of zero-tolerance against crime,” Singh told the media here.

Only three days ago, a property dealer was shot dead in the heart of Patna. Tabrej Alam was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne youths near Kotwail Police Station on Friday — a day when security had been beefed up in view of Muharram.

The Bihar opposition parties have been repeatedly targeting the state government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.