MGM police station in Mango on Tuesday
Two youths clubbed their 44-year-old uncle to death over a property dispute at Govindpur under the MGM police station near Mango on Tuesday morning.
Gopal Mahto bled to death at the spot while the assailants, Santosh Mahto (26) and Feru Mahto (24), fled the scene.
The incident occurred around 8am.
According to the victim’s relatives, the family’s properties, which included land, were divided between Gopal and his nephews about three years ago.
“The properties were divided at the intervention of some distant relatives. Both Gopal and his nephews got houses and land and the two families started living separately since then. However, Gopal was not happy as he felt he did not get his legitimate share and was cheated by his nephews. Time and again, he would ask Santosh and Feru to part with a portion of the land that they had grabbed,” a relative said.
On Tuesday morning, Gopal, who ran a grocery shop in the locality, went to the nephews’ house that was just adjacent to his own with the same demand.
As Gopal and Santosh spoke, the discussion soon turned into an altercation. Accusations and counter-accusations followed for a while. Suddenly Feru came running from inside the house, picked up an axe and struck his uncle on the legs, causing grievous injuries. The victim fell on the ground in a pool of blood but the two were in no mood to relent and allegedly hit the former on the chest and shoulder too.
“Hearing the commotion, Gopal’s wife rushed to his rescue, but Santosh and Feru did not let her or anyone else come near him. The two kept standing over their uncle and moved away only after they were sure that Gopal was no more. However, before anyone could take any step, they fled,” the relative said.
Soon after getting the news, sub-inspector of MGM police station Ratibhan Singh rushed to the spot. “By the time we got the news and went to the house where the murder was committed, everything was over. The man was dead. We took the body to MGM Medical College’s mortuary,” the police officer added.
Singh further said that they conducted an immediate search for the killer brothers, but could not find them. “They are believed to be hiding somewhere in the city. We will launch a manhunt to nab them,” he added.