Accused Bijay Shao in custody at Azadnagar thana in Jamshedpur on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasadt
A middle-aged man became the unwitting killer of his young son during a family fight in Jamshedpur on Thursday morning.
Bijay Shao (50), a golgappa seller in Mango, who ran the business with son Uday Kumar Shao (22), pushed the youth when he saw Uday thrashing wife Sunita (21) and sister Seema (18) at their home in densely populated Daiguttu area around 9am.
Uday, who reeled and fell, hit his head on a cot and lost consciousness. When Bijay rushed his son to state-run MGM hospital in Sakchi, doctors declared the youth brought dead.
A stunned Bijay realised he had killed his son.
Though the post-mortem report is not out yet, the cause of Uday's death seems to be internal haemorrhage.
Azadnagar police have arrested Bijay for unintentional murder based on the statement of his daughter-in-law Sunita.
At present, Bijay is in custody at Azadnagar thana in Mango where charges under IPC 304 (death by negligence or a rash act not amounting to culpable homicide) will be filed against him, Azadnagar OC Anjani Kumar Singh said.
A relative of the Shao family said Uday, during a fight with wife Sunita, had started to beat her. His sister Seema stepped in to save her bhabhi. Furious over this interference, Uday slapped her twice. It was then that Bijay, enraged at the sight of his son beating up both his daughter and daughter-in-law, pushed him.
Surendra Shao, a relative who came on quote, said they did not know what had started the fight between the young couple that led to such disastrous consequences. "We are all shocked that something like this could happen to anyone," he said.