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Protests over India 'road rage death'

Bihar road rage car Image copyright Press Trust of India
Image caption Aditya Sachdeva (inset) was returning home with his friends in his car when the incident happened

Protesters in India's Bihar state are demanding swift police action to arrest the 20-year-old son of a lawmaker suspected of killing a student in a road rage incident.

Rocky Yadav is accused of shooting the student dead after an overtaking dispute near the town of Gaya.

His father has been arrested for allegedly helping him to abscond.

Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav has said his son defended himself after occupants of the other car attacked him.

Rocky Yadav's mother, Manorama Devi, is a member of the state legislature, belonging to Janata Dal (United), the governing party in Bihar.

The police said Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav and Manorama Devi's security guard have been arrested and "charged with criminal conspiracy and harbouring of the accused".

The security guard was travelling with Rocky Yadav when the incident happened, reports said.

The incident happened on Saturday night when Aditya Sachdeva, the son of a businessman, was returning home with his friends in his car.

"We were returning from Bodh Gaya [a popular tourist spot] and soon after we overtook the SUV [carrying Rocky Yadav] they started firing in the air and made us stop," the student's friend Aayush Kumar was quoted as telling journalists by The Hindu newspaper..

"Then they forced us to get out of the car and started punching us. When we tried to leave the spot, someone fired and my friend got hit."

A senior police official told the newspaper that there was a heated argument between the lawmaker's son and the student over not giving way to the former's "new Range Rover car".

Protests have been held and roads blocked by local residents of Gaya demanding the arrest of the politician's son.

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