A man in Bihar was shot dead on Monday for meeting his fiancée a month before they were to married, defying a tradition that angered the woman’s family.
Manish Patel was meeting the woman at her home in Kaimur district’s Dumdum village on Monday, enraging her two uncles, villagers said.
“An altercation ensued and one of the uncles whipped out a pistol and shot Manish in the chest. His fiancée and her father immediately took him to the government hospital at Bhabua, where he died during treatment,” eyewitnesses said.
Patel, 22, had met the woman, 20, in the village and the two had fallen in love before their parents agreed to their marriage. They were engaged last month and the wedding was set for June 6.
Patel’s family and locals alleged that he died due to the hospital’s negligence.
They took away the body and blocked traffic at Bhabua’s Jaya Prakash chowk protesting against the killing and the treatment at the hospital.
Police used force to disperse the protesters and Rakesh Kumar Singh, the Station House Officer of Bhabua, said a case had been registered against the two uncles of the girl on the statement of the victim’s father.
The police were conducting raids to arrest the accused, Singh said.