A dispute over fetching water from a water supply tanker culminated in a Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) leader and his sibling allegedly murdering a 20-year-old man in Ramgarh on Friday.
Police identified the accused as Anwar Hussain, vice-president of the party’s district unit, and his brother, Kalam. While Anwar has been arrested, Kalam is still at large.
The deceased, Sunil Giri, was a resident of Hehal village.
The incident occurred when Kishori Giri, the victim’s father, went to fetch water from the tanker on Friday. “I saw Anwar fetching water a number of times. When I objected, he and Kalam started assaulting me. Sunil came to my rescue, but they beat him up instead,” said Kishori.
Sunil was rushed to the nearest hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Earlier in the day, residents of the area blocked the Ramgarh-Bhurkunda road to demand action against Anwar and Kalam. The road block was lifted in the evening, after deputy superintendent of police (DSP) VK Choudhary intervened.
“We are conducting raids to arrest Kalam. We will provide all possible help to the deceased’s family,” Choudhary said.
The party, meanwhile, took disciplinary action against Anwar. “He has been expelled for six years over his alleged involvement in the murder,” said Gobind Bedia, president of the JVM(P)’s Ramgarh unit.