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Coldblooded murder of elder brother and his family members including children by own brother while locking the room where the victims were sleeping, over property dispute in Bihar’s Katihar district on this wee hours today, has a similarity with the infamous incident described in Mahabharata epic when Kauravas planned to burnt alive Pandavas inside ‘Lakhya Griha’.
In Mahabharat epic, however Pandavas somehow managed to save their lives but ill-fated Kedar Singh (45) along with his wife and two minor girls did not come out from the room where they were sleeping and burnt to death this wee hours.
The heart rendering incident which took place at Coundi village under Barsoi police station, some 61 km east of district headquarters Katihar, a couple along with their two daughters were burnt alive over family dispute.
According to sources, Manoj Singh (42), a native of the village is a habitual gambler who used to invest money in lottery. In recent past he developed confrontation with his elder brother, Kedar Singh (45) over selling a chunk of land, ancestral property. With larger interest of the family, his elder brother Kedar, resists the move. “Manoj conspired the killing plot flowing his brother’s refusal to sell the joint property,” said village sources. Neighbours even alleged that Manoj was a habitual drunkard and often spent time gambling in neighbouring Bengal.
The family dispute has claimed the lives of Kedar Singh (45), his wife Pratima Devi (40), and their two daughters Dimple Kumari (15) and Soni Kumari (17). However son of the deceased, Laxman Kumar Singh (12), who was sleeping in the other room, managed to save his life.
On the basic of statement given by the only survivor, Laxman, police registered FIR against Manoj. In his statement before the police Laxman said, his uncle used to threaten his parents over a piece of ancestral land, which he wanted to grab and sell. On Sunday, his uncle threatened his father of dire consequences and later at night when everybody were in deep sleep his uncle set the house on fire which subsequently killed his parents and sisters.
According to sources from Katihar police the main accused in the case escaped soon after the incident adding that the police is in contact with the Bengal police for arresting the accused.
Observers said that such incident was not new at Katihar which has been infamous for killings over property dispute. Some two years ago a family of four, including two minor children, were burnt to death over a land dispute. They were sleeping when some villagers locked them from outside and set their house ablaze.
“It’s very unfortunate when we are speaking global peace, a brother killed in the hands of his own brother; and the mode of operand was very heinous and brutal. We should have to think over our social and family achievements despite the fact that we are started claiming us progressive and developed!” commented Arghadeep Choudhary, a student in Katihar town.