Enmity between two families in Patna City resulted in the death of two minors and as many youths late on Wednesday night.
Hammam Road under Khajekala police station looked like a battlefield around 10pm on Wednesday with the two sides fighting a pitched battle. The police had to deploy personnel in the area to control the situation.
Trouble broke out when one Ajit (15) had gone to a plastic factory of brother Vishal. While returning, he met Das-hrath (20), the youngest of the nine brothers of the other family, in the area.
Sources said Ajit and Dashrath’s family have been locked in the enmity for a year.
In June 2011, Ajit’s elder brother, Vijay, was killed and his family had accused Dash-rath’s kin of murdering the youth. After the two rivals met on Wednesday, an altercation broke out and Dashrath assaulted Ajit. He returned home and told his kin about the incident. Ajit then asked younger brother Lalu, a mi-nor, and cousin Dheeraj (19), to help him take revenge.
“The two groups then clashed and Ajit fired at Dash-rath. The deceased’s brothers got their arms, too, and an encounter ensued. More than 12 rounds were fired. While Ajit and Dheeraj died on the spot, Sajhanand, who was having tea nearby, was shot at accidentally. Lalu was rushed to Patna Medical College and Commerce. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. Four persons have died in the incident,” a police officer said.
“We want the situation to return to normal. At present, our aim is to restore law and order. We will ensure that the last rites of the victims are carried out peacefully. One person has been nabbed in connection with the violence. There are members in both the families who have criminal antecedents,” city superintendent of police Jayant Kant said.