Violence over unrequited love claims two lives in Bihar | Patna News

PATNA: Two persons were killed in the Punjabi Mohalla locality of Lakhisarai town in Bihar on Monday when a man from the neighborhood, infatuated with a woman in a nearby household, opened fire on her family as they returned home after participating in the Chhath festival rituals.
The assailant, identified as Ashish Chaudhary, lived across the street from the victim’s family.
Durga, the woman in question, survived the attack, but her two elder brothers, Chandan and Raj Nandan, were killed. Her father, Shashi Bhushan, and sisters-in-law, Preeti and Lovely, sustained injuries. According to Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Inspector General of Police in the Munger Range, where Lakhisarai falls, Chaudhary fled the scene, and efforts are underway to apprehend him. Two of his close associates have been taken in for questioning, and the weapon used in the attack has been seized.
Family members of Durga claimed that they had been receiving threats from Chaudhary, who was insistent on marrying her. They cited caste differences as a reason for their refusal. However, the investigation is exploring various angles. Clues from a notebook belonging to Chaudhary, seized by local police, suggest a complex relationship between him and Durga.
The notebook reveals that Durga had secretly married Chaudhary a few years ago, and they lived together for some time. Durga returned to her parents’ home under pressure a few months ago and later moved to Patna, where she joined a jewelry shop. Chaudhary suspected her involvement with another man, possibly leading to the planned attack.
Vijay Kumar Sinha, the leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly and the MLA from Lakhisarai, blamed the Nitish Kumar government for the incident, alleging that the woman’s family had received threats for days, but the local police failed to act. Concerns were raised about potential attempts to shield the real culprits and divert the investigation for political reasons.
(With agency inputs)


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