Private security guard shot dead in Bihar’s Darbhanga for opposing unloading of illicit liquor at petrol pump

  • A private security guard posted at a petrol station was shot dead for obstructing the unloading of cartons of illegal liquor from a pick-up truck in Darbhanga district on Sunday
  • A collection van arrived there followed by two bikers and they started unloading cartons of illegal liquor at the gas station. Paswan objected to this
  • Alcohol has been banned in Bihar since April 2016

23 Jan 2023

A private security guard posted at a petrol station was shot dead for obstructing the unloading of cartons of illegal liquor from a pick-up truck in Darbhanga district around 2 am on Sunday. Alcohol has been banned in Bihar since April 2016.

The deceased, identified as Pramod Paswan (64), was a retired police chowkidar. He was on night duty at a petrol pump near Madhopatti village under Kamtaul police station in Darbhanga district. A collection van arrived there followed by two bikers and they started unloading cartons of illegal liquor at the gas station. Paswan objected to this. He had a violent exchange with the bikers and one of them shot him.

Some villagers heard the gunshot and the hullabaloo and arrived at the gas station. But the bikers fled the scene, leaving behind a collection of alcohol and one bike without a license plate. Pramod's son and village chowkidar Rahul Paswan also reached the spot and the injured was taken to Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him "brought dead".

After receiving the information, the police arrived at the petrol station and seized the van and the bike. Two spent cartridges were also recovered from the spot. When contacted over phone, Darbhanga SSP Awakash Kumar told TOI that the police were conducting raids based on a tip-off provided by Paswan's family to nab the two liquor smugglers who allegedly shot him dead. He said 700 liters of illegal alcohol was recovered from the pickup van.


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