For a man, a jobless brother of his wife is no comfort. But for 40-year-old Rajendra Singh, it became a matter of life and death.
On Sunday, Mani Lal Singh allegedly tried to run over Rajendra under his vehicle. His grouse – Rajendra did not meet his demand for Rs. 2 lakh.
Eyewitnesses said Mani tried to crush Rajendra under the vehicle near a godown of Food Corporation of India at Bazaar Samiti in Patna city.
Rajendra managed to survive. But a labourer, identified as Narad, died on the spot. Three others — two labourers and godown manager RK Thakur — who came under the vehicle’s wheels as well, are battling for life.
Rajendra — who has been admitted to the Patna medical college — told police that Mani had been demanding R2 lakh from him for some time.
“He used to say I have a lot of money and so I should give him some. On Saturday, he called my wife and threatened to shoot me if I did not pay up,” he said.
Rajendra never took Mani’s threats seriously.
“But at noon on Sunday, Mani and his associates arrived and opened fire at us. Then they threw bombs and drove the Scorpio over us,” Rajendra said.
“A case has been registered against Mani and seven others. Efforts are on to trace them,” said Chandan Kushwaha, assistant superintendent of police, Patna city.