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Immolation bid of 11 members of a family foiled

Eleven members of a family today made an abortive bid to immolate themselves at the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)’s office in Gaya town in protest against police inaction in a case of abduction and subsequent murder of one Virendra Yadav alias Commando Yadav, a police officer said.

However, the cops swung into action and foiled their bid by seizing inflammable materials from their possession, Town Deputy Superintendent of Police Alok Kumar said.

All the 11 persons have been detained for questioning, he said.

Alleging tardy investigation in the abduction and murder of Yadav last year, his widow Dharmsheela Devi, three sons, parents and five other kins gathered in front the SSP’s office and threatened to immolate themselves.

The family, natives of Baijubigaha village under Bodh Gaya police station area, had written letters to the Gaya SSP and the DGP earlier threatening to immolate themselves if the culprits in the abduction and murder case were not arrested by March 27 last, Kumar said.

Yadav was kidnapped from his village late last year by unidentified persons and his body was recovered from neighbouring Aurangabad district subsequently.

Yadav’s family had lodged an FIR at Bodh Gaya police station charging scores of people with his abduction and murder, but none of the accused had been arrested so far, they said.

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