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Property lolly pushes kin to kill elderly

Property seems to be the bone of contention behind most murders that were executed in Patna recently.

A single thread — property — links all three murders of elderly men in a matter of months. Sources in the police said it were the near and dear ones of the deceased who conspired to kill their kin in want of money.

On Monday morning, 86-year-old Bhagwan Thakur, a resident of Badalpura in Khagaul, was out for a walk when criminals shot him dead near a pond around 500m from his residence. The police said he was murdered after proper planning and one among his three sons was a suspect.

“Thakur had acres of land, which he didn’t want to give to any of his sons,” a police officer said. In fact, Thakur had published an advertisement in a newspaper a few months back stating that he feared his sons and their wives. And that he wanted to give away his property to his daughter and her child, the officer said.

“We suspect the role of one of his sons in the killing. They are being questioned. The killers knew his routine and were waiting for him on Monday morning,” the officer said.

In the case of 70-year-old Lal Bahadur Singh, who was gunned down inside his residence in Kankerbagh, the police are searching for Sudhir, one of Singh’s son. He is alleged to have stormed into the house of Singh on December 25, 2013, and then shot him dead.

“Singh had married twice and had two sons and a daughter from his first marriage. His first wife died. He has another son from his second marriage. Sudhir, the younger son from his first wife, used to quarrel with his father over property. The FIR, which has been lodged by his daughter, mentions Sudhir’s name,” a police officer at Kankerbagh station said. He is absconding.

It has been four months since trader Ramji Prasad Gupta (70) was gunned down at the basement of his apartment at the upscale Patliputra Colony.

The police have requested for a polygraph test of the youngest of his five sons.

“Gupta was killed on October 24, 2013. We have come to know that Gupta, whose wife had died, had expressed interest to re-marry. He had a lot of property and has five sons from his first marriage. The police suspect that one of his sons killed him because he was sure that once his father got re-married and had children, the property would be divided or go entirely to his new family,” an officer at Patliputra police station said.

Psychologist Arun Kumar said: “There are many people who depend on the property of their forefathers. The parents are solely responsible for this attitude,” he said.