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Trainee police thrash seniors in India’s Bihar over colleague’s death

Over 300 trainee constables, including policewomen, Friday went berserk at police lines in eastern Indian state of Bihar, ransacking officers quarters roughing up seniors following the death of their colleague, officials said.

The policemen thrashed their seniors, vandalized buildings, damaged police vehicles inside police lines in Patna, the capital city of Bihar.

The agitated trainee policemen alleged that their colleague, a woman constable, lost her life due to “negligence and inhuman authoritarian stance” of her seniors.

The protesters alleged Savita Pathak, a woman constable posted at the police lines had been feeling sick and was denied leave by her commandant that ended up worsening her condition.

The woman constable, according to officials, died after suffering from dengue.

“She was admitted at a private hospital this morning and her health deteriorated after which she died,” an official said.

No sooner, the news about her death reached the police lines, irate trainee policemen smashed furniture, threw stones at seniors and thrashed few of them, witnesses said.

Reports said authorities had to summon contingents of policemen and personnel from Bihar military Police to bring the situation under control.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sought a detailed report into the incident from state Police Chief K. S. Dwivedi.

Meanwhile, police have ordered an inquiry into the incident, officials said.

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