Jamshedpur, Feb 24: A 35-year-old man was shot at and later slit of throat near Birash village under Seraikela thana area in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
The murder victim, identified as Budheswar Kumhakar was returning home at Birbash along with a co-villager from a village fair orgainsed at another village at about 10.30 pm when the incident took place.
The assailants identified Mohammed Anwar (28) and Mohammed Akhtar (25) , both residents of adjoining Baliguma village fled after committing the crime.
The villager who was the eyewitness of the murder told the newsmen that he and Budheswar were returning from Bholadih village.
“They were approaching our village, Anwar and Akhtar who were on a bike stopped the bike. After a brief talk between Budheswar and Anwar, the latter fished out a pistol and started firing at the victim repeatedly, causing him to fall down. As Anwar was firing at the victim, I somehow managed to escape screaming and shouting for help from the people of Birbash which about 100 metres away from the spot” narrated the co-villager who requested anonymity.
Followng the incident hundreds of villagers had gathered at the spot and declared that until the police arrested the assailants they would not allow the police to seize the body for the post-mortem. In view of the sensitivity of the situation, the police had immediately deployed Quick Response Team (QRT) teams and a company of armed police at Birbash.
The agitated villagers continued to protest with the body at the spot till 10 am today and the police succeeded in persuading the protesters to take the body for sending it to the Seraikela Sadar Hospital for post-mortem.
According to the protestors, they agreed to hand over the body to the police on the promise that they would arrest the assailants within 24 hours time.
The police claimed the murder took place in sequel to land dispute and that they are trying to arrest the assailants.
“It is too early to comment. We have started raiding the houses of the assailants who are residents of adjoining Baliguma village. But both the accused have fled,” said Rakesh Ranjan, sub-divisional police officer, Seraikela.
Ranjan said the murder took place due to a land dispute and claimed that they are probing into the whole incident.