A local Congress leader and his nephew were shot dead allegedly by their neighbour following a tiff in the Pahadi police station area of Chitrakoot on Tuesday night.
Both former Congress district vice-president Ashok Patel, 55, and his nephew Shubham, 25, died on the spot. Accused Kamlesh Kumar is absconding.
Later, supporters of the deceased attacked Kumar’s house and set it on fire. However, family members of the accused were rescued by police. Following the incident, Pahadi police station SHO Shravan Kumar Singh has been suspended on charges of laxity.
District SP Ankit Mittal said an FIR has been registered against the accused along with his son, Rahul, whose involvement is yet to be investigated. He added that the house of the accused was just 50 metres away from that of the victims.
As it was a kuchha house, the roof easily caught fire. There was no law and order situation in the village and police personnel had been deployed, Mittal added.
“In Prasiddhpur village, Kumar was passing through a narrow lane where some celebration was going on. He was in an inebriated condition and created a scene, leading to an argument with Patel. Kumar then took out his licensed gun and opened fire on Patel, killing him on the spot. Seeing this, Shubham ran towards Patel, and he too was shot dead. Kumar then fled the spot,” said IG Chitrakoot (Range) K Satya Narayan.
“Soon after the incident the SP, Additional SP and Circle Officer rushed to the spot. Meanwhile, family members and supporters of the victims set the accused’s house on fire.
Kumar’s wife and children were rescued and they did not suffer any injury. The accused is absconding, but will be arrested soon,” he added.
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