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Four held for murdering youth in Bihar’s Bihiya, to appear in court today

Police will file the charge sheet in a related case pertaining to the molestation of another dancer next week.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2018 13:47 IST
Prashant Ranjan
Prashant Ranjan
Hindustan Times, Patna
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The four accused, including two “women dancers”, will be produced in court on Monday.(HT File)

Bhojpur police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old man in Bihiya earlier this month.

Two of the four accused are “women dancers”, said Bhojpur superintendent of police Awakash Kumar, adding that they will be produced in court on Monday. The victim was identified as Bimlesh Kumar Sah, a resident of Damodarpur village.

Kumar said a charge sheet into a related case, wherein a woman was allegedly stripped and paraded naked through the streets following the man’s murder, will be filed next week. “We are awaiting a report from the forensic science laboratory on the authenticity of a video clip of the incident,” he added.

Police arrested Babita Devi, who runs a dance troupe, her associate Chandni Kumari and their two companions – Shanni Kumar and Ramlal Yadav – in connection with Sah’s murder on Saturday. “Shanni and Ramlal were picked up for interrogation from Karakat in Rohtas district but placed under arrest in Bihiya. We arrested Babita and Chandni from Buxar on the basis of Shanni and Ramlal’s statement that they strangled Bimlesh over a monetary dispute,” said Kumar.

Describing the events that occurred on August 20, the police officer said: “Bimlesh used to frequent the residence of another dancer in Bihiya’s Dafali locality. As she was not there that day, he dropped by an illegal shanty run by Babita. However, it was after he had spent some time there that Bimlesh realised the Rs 3,000 in his possession wouldn’t be enough to pay for her services. A heated argument followed, and the four ended up strangling him.”

The dancers then decided to place Sah’s body on a nearby railway track, so his death would seem like an accident. However, when passersby saw them transporting the body, they dropped it on the road and fled.

Soon, a mob gathered at the spot. Assuming that the murder had been committed by another dancer, a woman residing near the spot where the body was found, they stripped and paraded her naked on the streets the same afternoon. A video of the incident showed people abusing, assaulting and kicking the hapless dancer as she staggered down the street.

The enraged protesters then went on a rampage, setting a couple of houses afire, damaging six motorcycles and vandalising private property in Bihiya. Police had to burst tear-gas shells and fire in the air to disperse the mob.

By August 22, police had arrested 17 people for rioting and outraging the woman’s modesty. They are still hunting for four others identified from the video clip. Three FIRs have been registered in both the cases until now.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 13:47 IST