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Desperate villagers clash at Bihar health centre over getting vax

IANS | May 15, 2021 05:42 PM

PATNA: In a bid to get the anti-corona jab, villagers fought with each other, sparking a massive clash at a primary health centre of Aurangabad's Dev block in Bihar on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said more than 850 people turned out at a single health centre in the hope of getting the vaccination.

"The villagers of Dev and adjoining areas came to the health centre and formed a long queue outside. Soon, they became out of control in absence of police personnel and began pushing one another. Moreover, a group of people tried to jump into the queue which eventually turned into a massive fight between them, " said Sunil Kumar, a villager of Dev.

He said that 12 village panchayats fall under the Dev block and a majority of the villlagers come to the centre to get the vaccine.

"The scare of corona has made people scared and desperate. The villagers kicked and punched each other in a bid to enter the centre in a gross violation of Covid protocols. It was complete chaos at the centre, " said Rajeshwar Singh, the village head of Dev.

"The doctors of the hospital informed us about the incident. We immediately sent a police team to the centre and calmed the villagers down. Some of the villagers have been injured in this incident, " said a sub-inspector rank officer requesting anonymity.

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