2 killed in broad daylight within 30 minutes in a case of old enmity in Purnia
Two persons were killed in a space of half an hour in a village in Purnia district of Bihar on Wednesday. Police say the murders were a result of old enmity and rivalry and that the second murder was a revenge for the first one.
In the first incident 40-year-old Arun Kumar Yadav, who was returning home in his tempo, was stopped near Moujam patti village under Raghuvansh Nagar police station under Dhamdaha sub division of Purnia district and shot dead by unidentified assailants.
Within half an hour of the first killing, 25-year-old Rukesh Kumar Yadav was shot dead in front of his wife, sister and 9-month old child. Rukesh was riding home on a bike with his wife and sister when he was shot dead.
Arun Kumar Yadav, an auto driver, was on the way to Bihariganj, Madhepura when criminals stopped his auto and shot him dead in front of passengers. As the news of Arun’s killing spread, criminals reportedly aligned with Arun intercepted Rukesh Kumar Yadav, while he was returning home, and shot him dead.
“I told my husband to stop as I had to feed milk to my 9-month-old baby between Moujam Patti and Kariapatti village, where the criminals shot my husband dead,” Rukesh’s wife said. “I begged their mercy but they didn’t listen to me and shot my husband” she added.
Cops say both the murders were related to the February 2019 bomb attack on a vehicle carrying gangster-turned Congress politician Buchan Yadav. Yadav was seriously injured, while the mother of Arun Kumar Yadav was killed.
Later, on a complaint by Arun Kumar Yadav, a case was lodged at Raghuvansh Nagar police station against Rukesh Kumar Yadav, nephew of gangster Buchan Yadav, and others.
“Arun was being pressurised to turn hostile in the case and when he didn’t agree, he was shot dead,” police said, adding, “Rukesh was killed in retaliation.”
Buchan Yadav, who had joined Congress party had unleashed a reign of terror in Dhamdaha and was arrested several times by the police. While Buchan Yadav died recently, his family’s involvement in violence continues, said police.
Purnia superintendent of police (SP) Daya Shankar has constituted a team to arrest the criminals behind the two incidents.
“We have identified at least seven criminals involved in these two incidents and raids are being carried out to nab them,” said Sub divisional police officer of Dhamdaha, Ramesh Kumar.
The killings have once again disturbed the peace in the area which has not seen gang wars after two notorious gangs- North Bihar Liberation Army (NBLF) and Faizan gang – were almost decimated.
No FIR has been lodged yet from either side.