Ranchi, Sept. 22: A JVM leader was seriously wounded while his brother was killed in a shooting at Vishrampur block in Palamau district last evening over a land dispute.
Block president Narendra Singh, who took a hit in the waist, is currently admitted to Apollo Hospitals, Ranchi, where doctors are still trying to take out the bullet.
The incident took place around 6pm when Narendra was holding a meeting with local residents at Kadwan village, Vishrampur, around 30km from the district headquarters, to resolve a land dispute involving him and one Sunil Singh.
Narendra’s brother Ajit, an active JVM worker, was present there.
According to villagers, Narendra and Sunil got engaged in a bitter argument. Suddenly, a burst of gunfire erupted as Sunil took out a pistol and shot three-four rounds in air.
“The two brothers sensed the danger and ran for life. Sunil followed. After a short chase, Sunil opened fire at them. While Ajit took a bullet in his chest and collapsed, Narendra miraculously escaped death,” said a villager, who was present in the meeting.
The victim brothers were rushed to the sadar hospital, where doctors declared Ajit brought dead. Narendra was referred to Apollo Hospitals, Ranchi, late in the night.
Public relations officer, Apollo Hospitals, Javed Ansari today said that Narendra’s condition was stable.
However, hospital sources revealed doctors could not operate on him till filing of this report and the bullet was still stuck in the body.
“His medical condition is not suitable for an operation now. Doctors are waiting for an appropriate time,” said a hospital official, on condition of anonymity.
Superintendent of police, Palamau, Narendra Kumar Singh said, “It is a simple case of personal feud. A complaint has been registered. Sunil figures as the named accused. Raids are on to nab him.”
To protest against the yesterday’s incident, agitated JVM workers staged demonstrations in different parts of Vishrampur today, demanding immediate arrest of the culprit. They also demanded compensation for the aggrieved family.
A team of the party’s state leadership from Ranchi rushed to Kadwan to probe into the matter. The JVM has also decided to intensify its mass campaign against the deteriorating law and order across the state.
“Our leaders have already left for the spot. We will wait for the report before planning our future course of action,” said JVM principal general secretary Pradip Yadav.
He added that broad-daylight killings had been rampant in the state capital, then how could one expect a remote village like Kadwan to be a safer place.
“We are keeping vigilant eyes on the on-goings. This is not the first time when our party workers have fallen prey to such fatal attacks. Compensation for the aggrieved family is no solution. We want immediate arrest of the culprit and speedy trial,” Yadav added.