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Retired teacher, kin hacked to death

A retired schoolteacher, his wife and their daughter-in-law were hacked to death when they were asleep in their Gaddupur Malahi house in the district, around 115km northwest of Patna, in the small hours of Wednesday.

Police said the bodies of the retired schoolteacher, Shiv Shankar Singh, 65, his wife, Bacchi Devi, 55, and their daughter-in-law, Rinki Devi, 32, were cut into pieces with sharp-edged weapons. The police added that the three persons might have been murdered around 2.30am.

Residents of the village said Shiv Shankar Singh was allegedly involved in a dispute with Bhola Singh, one of his relatives, over the ownership of a piece of land. A resident added that Shiv Shankar had in October sought protection from the police following an alleged threat by Bhola.

On learning the news of the trio’s death, a group of Shiv Shankar’s neighbours raided Bhola’s residence in the morning. Two persons, Dhirendra Kumar, 38, and Sandip Kumar, 26, suffered bullet injuries when Bhola allegedly fired at them. Dhirendra and Sandip were admitted to a private nursing home.

Deputy superintendent of police (East) Arvind Gupta, who led a heavy reinforcement to the village, had to face the rage of an angry mob staging a demonstration in protest against the triple murders.

Gupta told The Telegraph that Bhola and his henchmen had allegedly hatched the murder plot. The police have recorded Dhirendra and San-dip’s statements for probe. The police have found an iron cutter, which was possibly used to hack the three persons to death, and some empty cartridges from the area. Bhola is the run.