Two engineers of a construction company in Bihar's Madhepura district were killed and four injured for not paying Rs 10 million extortion demanded by gangsters, police said on Friday.
The attack on the engineers, working for Narsingh Construction, took place late on Thursday at Rehta in Madhepura, around 200 km from Patna.
Narsingh Construction had been awarded a nearly Rs 100 million contract from the state government to construct roads in Madhepura. According to company officials, the firm was asked to pay up 10 per cent of the contract money to the gang on December 24. They threatened to kill company staff if they failed to do so.
Police suspect the Pintu Yadav or Bucchhan Yadav gang may be behind the killings. However, company officials claim it definitely was the work of Pintu Yadav.
"Pintu Yadav along with nearly two dozen henchmen, armed with sophisticated weapons, assaulted the company officials," an informed source said.
The road construction work has now come to a standstill due to the threat by the criminals.
The state government had reportedly assured that security would be provided to officials of the company.