THREE CHILDREN were hacked to death in Dhantingara village under Madion police circle on Sunday by a goat thief.
Police have arrested the main accused Rakesh, a resident of the same village and two others for buying the goats that Rakesh had stolen.
Almost the entire village was up in arms against the barbaric incident. The PAC has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.
Minister of state Kaushal Kishore and local MLA Rajendra Yadav visited the affected area and announced compensation for the kin of the deceased children. Reports said Harish, alias Lala (8), Lav Kush alias Sunny (10) and Sarvesh alias Mahesh (8) had left their homes to goats to the grazing field on Saturday morning. All the three children are related to each other. However, when they did not return till late on Saturday night, their family members panicked.
Since, the goats too were not present on the grazing field, the family members sensing trouble approached the Madion police.
Sarvesh’s grandfather Hazari and Sunny’s father Prakash also started searching for the children. On Sunday, Shekhar, a resident of the same village, saw bodies of three children near a temple, a little away from the village.
The children were murdered with a sharp- edged weapon. As soon as the news spread, villagers gathered at the spot in large numbers. Their family members later identified their children.
Temple priest Khiladidas said Rakesh, a resident of Dhantingara village, visited the temple on Sunday morning and by the time he (the priest) came out of the temple, Rakesh had left. The priest’s axe was missing from the temple as well.
This put the needle of suspicion on Rakesh. A village woman further corroborated Rakesh’s hand in the murder when she claimed to have seen Rakesh near Dhaila Road along with several goats.
Incensed villagers then rushed to Rakesh’s place only to find him missing.
That’s when the villagers deduced that Rakesh was the murderer and started hunting for him. They also called on the police officials and demanded that the triple murder accused be arrested immediately.
The villagers also questioned the role of block pramukh Maroof Ali, who they claimed, had got Rakesh to sell some goats to another person from a nearby village. The local MLA met the SSP GK Goswami and urged that besides arresting Rakesh they should also initiate steps to ensure that he does not stay in the village anymore.
When the cops tried to take the bodies away for postmortem, the villagers started creating a ruckus. However, it was only after senior cops pacified the villagers and assured them of prompt action in the case, did they allow the bodies to be taken away.