Khagaria: Ranvir Yadav, who was captured on video cameras snatching an automatic weapon from police and firing in the air to disperse protesters near Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's public meeting at Khagaria town, has no case lodged against him, district police superintendent said on Saturday.

"No one has filed case with police against Yadav for terrorizing anybody by branding a weapon on Thursday and so the question of giving him a clean chit does not arise," Khagaria superintendent of police Mithu Prasad said.

Yadav, who is the husband of JD(U) MLA Poonam Devi, and his supporters were also caught on camera beating up the protesters, comprising contractual teachers to the clear way for Kumar to proceed towards the venue of the public meeting as part of his 'Adhikar Yatra' to mobilise support for his demand of special status to the state.

Yadav's alleged 'brazen act of intimidation' was roundly condemned by the opposition parties even as the ruling JD(U) defended him for committing a lighter crime than the large-scale violence and arson by the protesters.

Bihar government has constituted a SIT to probe incidents of violence and arson in Khagaria even as the arrests in connection with it rose to 37. Raids are on to nab other accused, the police said.

The police had on Friday lodged FIRs against 673 protesters, including 600 unidentified ones for their alleged involvement in the violence on that day.


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