Markets in Araria and Supaul districts of Bihar observed a spontaneous bandh on Tuesday to protest the killing of two businessmen, one being a local BJP leader and the other related to another BJP worker, in separate incidents in the state.
Araria superintendent of police (SP) Sudhir Porika, who examined the CCTV footage of the Forbesganj incident said, “Two persons have been taken into custody and the police are hopeful of nabbing the killers soon.”
The businessman, Krishna Mohan Sah (65) was at his shop in Forbesganj market when criminals entered and stabbed him. The CCTV footage, which the police are relying on, shows a young boy, holding a knife, and dragging the bruised trader by his neck.
The incident took place at around 8.30pm on Monday. The businessman was rushed to the Forbesganj referral hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The deceased was known for his social activities. As the news spread, hundreds of people gathered at his residence in solidarity with the bereaved family.
“It is a barbaric act and we want the killers to be hanged,” said Shambhu Sah, brother of the slain businessman and leader of the BJP Araria unit as well as a former district board member. He also demanded immediate arrest of the killers.
All business associations, including the Chamber of Commerce, have condemned the killing and demanded foolproof security for the business community. They also demanded immediate transfer of top police and civil officials in the district, charging them with laxity.
A few days ago, there was tension in Forbesganj following an incident of eve teasing.The police had arrested over a 12 persons.
Elsewhere, in Supaul, businessmen downed their shutters to protest the killing of Subhash Singh, a businessman and a district BJP leader, who was shot dead at his shop on Monday.