Four of a family of an ex-pradhan were hacked to death in a clash between them and the villagers over a petty issue in Ahirai village under Baharia police station area of the district Monday evening.
Heavy police force has been deployed to control the situation in the village. Police said a case would be registered against the accused.
According to the police, those killed have been identified as Ram Baran (65), his younger brother Shiv Baran (50), Raju (30), son of Shiv, and Ram’s brother-in-law Panna Lal (45).
“Ram and Shiv were hacked to death on the spot. Raju sustained serious injuries and succumbed on his way to hospital. Panna Lal was taken to Jeevan Jyoti hospital, where he succumbed. His body has now been taken to Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital for post-mortem,” said a police spokesperson.
A company of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), police force from nine police stations and several Circle Officers from the trans-Ganga area of the district are camping in the village, the police said.
The police said that the entire village was of Pasis.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Ram Baran, whose wife Nita was an ex-village pradhan, had raised serious objections to a ‘speed-breaker’ on the approach road to the village from the main road.
“The clash began over construction of the speed-breaker. The situation is under control and further investigations are on,” said Superintendent of Police (trans-Ganga), Shafiq Ahmed.
Police said the villagers had constructed a speed-breaker on the approach road to which Ram Baran, also a contractor, objected that it would cause problems for his vehicles, as it was too high.
“However, the villagers got the speed-breaker constructed Sunday evening. Monday, Ram Baran, along with his family members, went there and was trying to ‘demolish’ the construction. The villagers then approached him and asked him not to proceed,” said a police source.
At this point, Ram Baran reportedly opened fire, which irked the villagers. One of the villagers was also reportedly injured. However, the police said the act of firing has not yet been established.
Angry with Ram Baran, the entire village, including women, armed with sticks, iron rods and gandasa (a sharp-edged weapon) pounced on the four persons, leading to their deaths.
“All men, women and even children from the village are currently reported to be absconding,” said the spokesperson.
Police sources added that a long running dispute or tension with the former pradhan’s family may not be ruled out as the reason that led to such violence.