|Relatives of Aliyar Razwar at RIMS in Ranchi on Monday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Sept. 10: A 44-year-old daily wage earner lost his left hand in an axe attack after an alleged payment dispute at Garhwa’s Sukhnadi village, around 200km from the district headquarters, on Saturday.
Sources said Aliyar Razwar had been hired by one Lalman Yadav and his younger brother Uday for supplying water to their hooch production unit. He was promised Rs 100 per day for his services, but had not been paid for three months.
“When I went to ask for my wages, Uday abused me and then attacked me with an axe, which was handed to him by a colleague, Ramchandra Razwar. I lost conscious after the attack and found myself in Sadar Hospital after regaining my senses,” Aliyar told The Telegraph from his bed in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), where he was shifted for specialised treatment on Sunday.
Aliyar, who has been admitted in the orthopaedic ward of Dr L.B. Majhi, alleged that Uday tried to make the whole incident look like an accident by tossing his chopped hand near the railway tracks.
Also, Lalman produced mohua in his liquor factory illegally.
Nurses attending to Aliyar at RIMS said his condition was critical as he had lost a lot of blood. “He needs immediate blood transfusion,” a nurse said.
Though Garhwa superintendent of police Michaelraj S. admitted the incident was “serious”, he rubbished claims that Razwar was attacked because he had asked for his outstanding wages.
“An FIR has been registered in this regard. Our primary investigations suggest Razwar was in an inebriated condition and might have got into a scuffle inside the hooch den after which he was attacked. Though Uday is absconding, we have arrested Ramchandra Razwar and are interrogating him. Investigations are on,” the SP said.
He added that Aliyar might have been contracted by the liquor den owners to supply water, but they had no substantial proof to believe that the attack was spurred by a payment dispute.