"Aurangabad is considered a Maoist stronghold."
Patna, July 19 - Two people, including a woman, were killed and five others injured Saturday when police opened fire to control a mob protesting a man's arrest in Bihar's Aurangabad district.

Police were forced to open fire when a mob attacked them, set ablaze their vehicles and targeted the office of the block development officer in Madanpur of Aurangabad following arrest of a man, suspected to be a Maoist, a district police official said.

Two people, including a woman, died on the spot and five others were injured in the police firing. The injured have been admitted to a hospital.

The mob targeted the police as they were not ready to end their blockade of the National Highway 2 while protesting against arrest of a villager for his alleged links with Maoists. The mob first pelted stones and then attacked the policemen, Madanpur police officials said.

Police lobbed tear-gas shells to disperse the unruly crowd but opened fire after being attacked.

Aurangabad is considered a Maoist stronghold.

The situation in Madanpur is tense but under control. Additional police personnel have been deployed in the area.


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