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Stone hurled at barking dog leads to murder of man, daughter at a Bihar village

A man in Bihar’s Madhubani district stabbed a 13 year old boy who threw a stone at his barking dog and subsequently killed his father and sister, when they raised their voice on behalf of the victim.

india Updated: May 28, 2017 18:26 IST
Bishnu K Jha
Bishnu K Jha
Hindustan Times, Madhubani
A man and his daughter were killed in Bihar’s Madhubani district in a dispute over a barking dog.
A man and his daughter were killed in Bihar’s Madhubani district in a dispute over a barking dog. (Shutterstock illustration)

A dispute arising out of a stone thrown at a barking dog led to the stabbing of a 13 year old boy, and the subsequent killing of his father and sister, at a village in Madhubani district of north Bihar. The man who committed the murders is said to have criminal antecedents.

Bhola Mukhiya, 45, and his daughter Arti Kumari, 22, were stabbed to death with sharp edged weapons, late evening on Saturday, at Bachhi village under Rahika police station of Madhubani district, about 165 km north of state capital, Patna.

The gruesome incident was an immediate sequel to stabbing of Mukhiya’s son Pradeep Kumar, 13, by owner of a barking dog at which the boy reportedly threw a stone to stop the animal from biting him. Pradeep was grazing cattle in the outskirts of the village when the dog went after him.

When Mukhiya saw his son lying in a pool of blood, he entered into a verbal duel with the person who had stabbed Pradeep. The assailant then attacked Mukhiya with a sharp-edged weapon, causing his immediate death. Mukhiya’s daughter, who tried to save him, was also stabbed and died from her injuries.

Pradeep has been hospitalised in a critical condition.

Sources said enraged over the incident, a large number of Bachhi villagers assembled at the spot and set the house of the accused, on fire. Thereafter, the Madhubani district magistrate and other officials rushed to the spot. . Police had to use baton and tear gas shells to quell the mob.

Madhubani SP Deepak Barnwal confirmed that Mukhiya and his daughter had been killed in the attack and that the police had to rescue the alleged murder accused from the wrath of irate villagers. “The situation is now under control and the matter is being investigated”, he said, late Saturday..

Rahika police station in-charge Pradeep Paswan told HT on Sunday morning that the police had detained four-five persons, including Kalikant Choudhary alias Kallu Choudhary, for interrogation in connection with Saturday’s incident. .

“As of now, we are not in a position to identify the accused with certainty, in the absence of any fard bayan (complaint) recorded with the police from the side of the victims”, he said.

According to some Bachhi residents, the culprit had shifted to the village a few months ago and was staying in isolation from members of the village community. “Villagers were maintaining a distance from the accused as he was believed to have criminal antecedents. So, we are not sure of his identity”, said one villager.

“We have learnt that Pradeep was stabbed when he threw a stone to ward off an attack on him by the dog who was barking and lunging at him. This is what is believed to have led to the subsequent killing of his father and sister”, said another villager.

The identity of the culprit could not be established as the SP’s cell phone went unanswered on Sunday..

First Published: May 28, 2017 18:26 IST