A father-son duo were allegedly assaulted and hacked to death by a group of seven residents of their village Trajpar in Morbi district in the wee hours of Tuesday over an old dispute.
The incident took place at around 5 am when victims Govind Ganeshiya (50) and his sons Chandu (28), Gopal and Nitin (24) were about to retire to bed after returning from a bhajan event. Police said seven men barged into Ganeshiya’s residence and attacked them with swords, knives, scythes, iron pipes and wooden clubs.
As Govind’s wife cried for help, the assailants managed to run away. Injured Govind, Chandu and Gopal were rushed to government hospital in Morbi for treatment. However, Govind and Chandu were later referred to Civil Hospital in Rajkot for further treatment. Late morning, Govind succumbed to his wounds while Chandu also died in the afternoon while undergoing treatment. Gopal also sustained serious injuries and was undergoing treatment in the Rajkot hospital whle Nitin was discharged after primary treatment in Morbi hospital, B Division police station in Morbi said.
In his complaint, Nitin named Ashok Varaniya, his brothers Ramesh and Bhala Varaniya and four others as accused in the case.
“Govind and Ashok had quarrel two years ago and Ganeshiya had filed a police complaint against the latter. We suspect, this old dispute was the reason of today’s assault,” B Division police inspector Nasib Khan Malek said.
Police said Govind used to sell vegetable while his sons were working as casual labourers. Tension gripped Trajpar, which is close to Morbi town, after the violence but district superintendent police (DSP) of Morbi, Rajan Sushra said the situation was under control.
“The situation is normal in the village as it was purely (a fallout) of rivalry between two families. We have also arrested prime accused Ashok,” said Sushra.
Heavy police deployment was made in Trajpar after the violence, even as the two victims were cremated under a police security cover.
On the basis of Nitin’s complaint, B Division police of Morbi have booked Ashok and seven others for murder and rioting and started further investigation.