Five men, including a worker from Janata Dal (United), were killed by unidentified assailants in four separate incidents in Bihar on Thursday.
While a father-son duo was killed in Gopalganj, two deaths were reported in Aurangabad and one in Samastipur district, police said.
A Baidyanath Chandravansi, a ruling JD (U) worker, was beaten to death on National Road 2 near the village of Munsi Bigha, just 500 meters from Muffasil Police Station in Aurangabad District.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened around 5:30 a.m., as Chandravansi was on his way to relieve himself. The disbelievers intercepted him and ruthlessly beat him. Residents and passers-by took him to Sadar hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Angry residents subsequently blocked NH-2 and disrupted traffic for more than three hours. When the police team arrived at the scene to pacify the crowd, they chased them away. Later, the reinforcement of the police was dispatched to control the crowd. “A case has been filed against eight people on this matter,” said Divisional Police NCO (SDPO) Amit Kumar.
In another incident in Aurangabad district, clothing trader Saklesh Yadav (38) was shot dead in Mahandipur village. Police said the incident took place when Yadav arrived at his store and attempted to park his vehicle. A group of disbelievers, allegedly led by a Muni Sharma, arrived there and shot him at close range, killing him on the spot.
Following the incident, traders rolled down the shutters in protest. Daudnagar SDPO Rajkumar Tiwary said raids were underway to catch the culprits.
In Gopalganj, a Ramiqbal Tiwari and his son Mukesh Tiwari were stabbed to death near their home in the village of Kamlapatti-Phulwariya, in the area of the Kuchaikot police station.
Police said the attackers attacked them after objecting to some drunk people creating a nuisance. Father and son died on the spot while their relative Sunil Pandey was injured and admitted to Gopalganj sadar hospital.
In Samastipur district, Devi Lal Mahto, 35, was shot dead in Rampura Bandh under the Kalyanpur police station. Residents chased and grabbed one of the attackers and handed him over to the police after beating him.
The incident took place while Mahto was on his way to his house. In Rampura Bandh, three motorcycle attackers intercepted him and shot him in the head and stomach. He was immediately taken to hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
Angry residents blocked the main Samastipur-Darbhanga road near Gopalpur and disrupted traffic.