A GROUP of criminals shot dead two persons ,including a 12-year-old old boy, and injured four others in Damodarpur village under Tharwai police station on Sunday.
The incident took place during a village panchayat convened to solve a loot case. The murder of two persons rocked the village where PAC was camping to contain any further outbreak of violence. The injured were undergoing treatment at the SRN Hospital.
Those who died in the attack were Shiv Shankar (30) and Vishnu Kant Tewari (12). While the boy died on the spot, Shiv Shankar succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The violence took place during a panchayat convened to settle an incident of loot in the village.
Sources said Lallu Yadav and his three associates looted a shop selling cosmetics and other items.
Four villagers, belonging to the Ram Leela Management Committee, reported the matter to police. This caused tension in the area.
The villagers convened a panchayat to solve the issue but the culprits, armed with country-made pistols and sharp-edged weapons, attacked some villagers who participated in the panchayat. Police arrested Lallu Yadav but others were still at large.Meanwhile, SSP Vijay Singh Meena had to face the wrath of residents of village under Tharwai police station when he went there late last night. On seeing the SSP, the residents shouted slogans against the police administration for its laxity in handling a volatile situation about which police were well informed.
Before the SSP’s visit, the residents had shooed away a large police force that rushed to the village under the SP (Trans-Ganga). The villagers demanded the presence of the SSP. They refused to allow the police to take away the body of the boy. When the villagers made a complaint against the acting station in charge Kehar Singh, he was suspended by the SSP.
The residents told the SSP that the acting SO of the Tharwai police station Kehar Singh had arrested the main accused Lallu Yadav earlier during the Dussehra festival but had released him. However, Samajwadi Party MLA of the area Bijma Yadav denied any hand in the incident. She accused the police of letting off a man who had committed a grave offence. She said she had already told the police that the accused was a bad character and should not be spared.