Failing to abduct a girl with an intent to marry her, a criminal and his associates killed her uncle and injured her father grievously at Jarangi village under Peer police station, nearly 40km east of the district headquarters, late on Thursday night.
The anti-socials also attacked the mother and an aunt of the girl badly. Her father Rambabu is now battling for his life in the Sadar hospital at Muzaffarpur, with doctors saying that the next 24 hours will be crucial.
Police said the incident took place at around 10pm on Thursday when a youth identified as Amresh Thakur reached the girl’s house with his brother and sister-in-law and tried to pull the girl out of her home.
“I was sleeping with my mother when the man brandishing fire arms forcibly tried to drag me out. Meanwhile, my mother Nagina Devi and aunt Tulsi Devi resisted them. It gave me enough time to slip from there,” the 18-year-old Anita told the police.
She added that the youth and his associates forcibly took her father and uncle from home at gunpoint and attacked them before leaving them by the wayside, bleeding profusely.
“They also threatened to kill all of us if we failed to hand over our daughter to them within 24 hours,” said Nagina Devi, who works as cook at a local government middle school.
Narrating their woe, Nagina said that the anti-socials dumped the body of Vijay Chaudhury and Rambabu. “We found Vijay dead, while my husband Ram Babu was seriously injured. Co-villagers and police officials took my husband and us to the Sadar hospital at Muzaffarpur,” she said.
Meanwhile, the gruesome incident prompted police officials to rush to the spot where they set up a camp.
Senior superintendent of police RK Mishra confirming the incident said the two suspects had already been picked up and a carbine, two regular pistols, a magazine and seven empty cartridges, apart from two motorbikes used in the incident, were recovered from their possession.
The SSP said a cousin brother of the girl was also suspected to have played a dirty role in the episode. Raju Thakur, the cousin, had assured the mastermind of the incident, Amresh, of getting him married to his sister nearly six months ago, he said.
“Raju came in contact with Amresh nearly a year ago when he started working for the latter. But he was arrested by Peer police a couple of months ago while planning a bank loot. He landed up in the same jail and became friends with Amresh, who also had been nabbed in a bank loot case.”
The SSP said Amresh had started putting pressure on Anita’s family to marry her to him but, every time he got a negative response. This infuriated him.
“We have arrested Santosh Thakur and his wife Nutan Devi, respectively brother and sister-in-law of Amresh Thakur, who is an infamous criminal. Amresh had come out from jail on bail in November 2015,” said the SSP, adding that raids were on to nab him.