The headman of a village in Bihar’s Patna district was on Tuesday killed during a Ranchi police operation to nab two criminals, carrying rewards on their heads. Fifty-year-old Ramnath Chandravanshi, headman of the Nirakhpur-Paliganj panchayat, was hit by a stray bullet during the exchange of fire between police and the criminals, said police sources.
While police managed to nab one of the criminals, the other escaped. The two criminals are wanted in a number of cases, including one of attempted murder of an engineer of Road Construction Division in November 2015.
Demanding compensation for the victim’s family and the arrest of policemen allegedly involved in the firing, villagers blocked the main road leading to the panchayat Wednesday and kept all shops closed.
Patna SSP Manu Maharaj said at least six personnel from Ranchi police have been detained and the sequence of events was being ascertained. Police have also seized their arms and ammunition.
A team, led by officers-in-charge of Ranchi’s Sadar and Argora police stations, had Tuesday night laid a trap near Nirakhpur-Paliganj panchayat building after they received a tip-off about criminals Luvkush Sharma and his brother Vipin Sharma. Around 9 pm, the team spotted the two and tried to stop them. The duo opened fire and police retaliated. “Chandravanshi, who was returning home, was hit by a bullet. He was was declared brought dead in hospital,” said a police officer. While Vipin was arrested, Luvkush escaped, he said.
(WITH INPUTS FROM PATNA)