Kumar Rajiv Nayan

Ara : Some armed miscreants shot dead one Binod Sharma, 45, and injured two others at village Mopati Mela under Sikarhatta police station in Bhojpur district on September 27, 2018.  Land dispute is said to be the cause behind the incident.

No FIR has so far been lodged with Sikarhatta police station but police arrested three persons: Bikas Singh, and his uncles Sharda Singh and Hridya Singh, and also seized a countrymade pistol and five live cartridges from their possession.

Later, police brought the body over to Ara Sadar Hospital, Ara, for post-mortem and admitted the injured there. The deceased Binod Sharma was son of Sardari Sharma of Bahuara village under Chauri police station. The injured were identified as Bikas Kumar, 20, son of Samta Prasad, and Jwala Prasad, 40, son of Ram Kripal Singh of Bahuara village. The two sides had exchanged 30 rounds of fire on September 26, 2018, too.

SHO, Sikarhatta police station, Dhananjay Pandey said that former member of District Board Lal Babu Yadav of village Lachchhudih under Imadpur police station, and Nand Ji Yadav of Bahuaara village under Chauri police station have their houses at Mopati Mela village under Sikarhatta police station. Both have long standing enmity over a piece of land there. On September 26, Lal Babu Yadav was constructing wall on the land but Nand Ji Yadav group objected to it. On getting information, police rushed to the spot and arrested Sharda Singh, Hridya Singh and Bikas Singh and also seized a country made pistol and five live cartridges.

As the police returned, both the groups once again started fighting which continued till September 27 morning. A group snatched a regular rifle from Nagina Yadav of Bhabhua in Kaimur district, a close relative of Lal Babu Yadav.

The SHO said that on September 27 morning, the two groups exchanged several rounds of fire in which three persons received bullet injuries and were rushed to the Sadar Hospital but one of the injured Binod Sharma succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital.

Tension prevails in and around Mopati Kala village following the incident but police claimed the situation was under control.

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