Mahudar village is barely 4 km from Hazaribagh town. But the family of Bhairo Gop (55), who died during Sunday’s violence in Hazaribagh, does not recall his ever going to a Ram Navami fair. Bhairo would rather tend to his cattle and fields.
“He was my eldest brother… He seldom cared for the outside world. It was a rare thing that he went to the fair,” said Moti Gop, an additional public prosecutor at the Jharkhand High Court in Ranchi.
Moti was on his way to Mahudar Sunday, when he got a call about his brother’s death. Bhairo’s two sons — Satish Kumar Gop (30) and Dinesh Kumar Gop (28), both hawaldars in the Army and posted in Rajasthan — were also informed.
They were yet to reach home as Bhairo’s last rites were performed. Bhairo’s third son, Dhiru Gop, a constable with Jharkhand Police, said, “Our fields, our house, all were looked after by him.”
According to reports, on way to the town fair, Bhairo met his cousin Tileshwar Gop. The duo ran into the procession which was allegedly attacked by members of the other community.
Based on Tileshwar’s complaint, police have now registered a murder case against unidentified persons. However, Moti accused the police of not preparing a proper inquest report.
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