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Revenge whiff in Sonari blaze

Two houses were set on fire at Khuntadih in Sonari police station area on Thursday morning, pointing the finger at aides of one Ashish Gope, who was murdered by a gang of assailants in Sonari late on Wednesday night.

Police are suspecting that to avenge the killing of 20-year-old Gope, his associates had set accused Guru Prasad and Ajay Kumar’s houses.

A resident of Khuntadih, Gope was critically wounded when he was attacked by four-five men with a chopper and other weapons near Sardar Akhara while he was walking back home around 10.30pm. He succumbed to his injuries at Tata Main Hospital around 11pm.

In their statement to the police, Gope’s family members had accused Guru Prasad, Ajay Kumar and four others.

According to police, Gope and his brother had a fight with Guru and Ajay during Saraswati Puja in February this year. Gope, who was lodged in jail for three months in connection with a snatching incident, had threatened his rival with dire consequences.

“Ever since then both the warring groups had been on the lookout for an opportunity to teach each other a lesson,” said a police source.

“Those who had come to set the houses on fire had their face covered. We are trying to identify those involved. But, “Thursday’s incident looks like the handiwork of Gope’s associates. Around 7am, four bike-borne men had set ablaze the two houses,” said officer-in-charge of Sonari thana Animesh Gupta, adding that fortunately no one was at home when the miscreants set the houses on fire.

“Neighbours started pouring water to douse the flame. Meanwhile, someone had informed the fire brigade. But, by the time the firefighters reached the spot, the houses were already partially charred.

No arrest has been made in connection with the two incidents so far, but police claimed that they would soon nab the criminals.


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