Following an order of the Patna High Court two days back, a police team along with bulldozers had reached Vagmali locality to demolish the temple on encroached land, when people attacked them, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar said.

DSP, Headquarters, Siya Ram Prasad Gupta was supervising the operation when the mob attacked his vehicle and set it on fire.

The DSP was not in his vehicle during the incident. The driver fled after protesters pelted stones before setting it ablaze. At least eight policemen and fire brigade officials were injured in the mob fury.

Besides the DSP's vehicle, the mob also torched two tractor trolleys.

The injured have been admitted to the Sadar hospital.

Inspector Shankar Jha of town police station has been put under suspension following the incident. The District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police have gone to Patna High Court to inform it about the incident.

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