He was rushed to a hospital at Motihari where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. The incident took place when the undertrial prisoner, a resident of Sheohar district, was being taken to the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate at Sikarahna for production in a case relating to extortion, the DSP said.
Two of his men, who had come to whisk him away, fired at the security guard but it accidently hit Jha and he died, the DSP said.
The two accomplices fled the scene immediately after the incident, he added. East Champaran superintendent of police Upendra Kumar Sharma and Sikarahna sub-divisional magistrate Gyan Prakash visited the spot, he said.
Police recovered one pistol, three live cartridges and three empty cartridges, he added.
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