Protests erupt, Bandh declared in Saran

Three police vehicles and one belonging to the circle officer were damaged by protesters in Mashrakh block, where the school is located, Saran Superintendent of Police Sujit Kumarsaid.

Fiery rage: A vehicle was set alight by demonstrators protesting the deaths of schoolchildren who consumed a free meal at a school in the Saran district. Policemen in the area carried out a lathi-charge against protesters. Pics/AFP

In the district headquarters at Chapra, the protesters targeted a police bus used for carrying prisoners and broke its glasses. They also damaged one police checkpost, official sources said.

The bandh evoked good response with all markets closed and vehicular traffic almost nil in Chapra town, reports said.

Though schools, colleges, banks and government offices were open, thin attendance was recorded in all the institutions. Policemen wielded lathis at some places in Chapra to quell stone pelting protesters, sources said.       

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