In Bihar, 2 Hindu traders were shot at in two separate incidents over trivial matters. While dairy owner Vinay Tiwari died on the spot, shopkeeper Siddhnath’s children, who were tending the shop at the time, had a lucky escape. Both cases were reported within span of a week in and around state capital Patna, and police was trying to arrest the accused as per last reports.
In the first incident, which occurred on 23 July in Gaighat, Patna, a dairy owner Vinay Tiwari was shot dead early morning by some men from nearby Chand Colony. According to reports in ABP Live, just two days ago, the deceased had got into an altercation with Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Badshah and Mani Sahni. The accused had demanded change of Rs 100 from Vinay, who gave them what he had but they were not satisfied with the denomination of change.
An argument ensued after which the enraged men threatened Vinay and left. Soon they came back to the shop with 10-12 others, armed with swords, hockey sticks and other weapons. As they started abusing Vinay and his wife, a police van happened to pass by and police saved the couple. Still, they accused threatened to teach Vinay a lesson and left.
Two days later, in the early morning around 5 AM, as Vinay was coming back from Ganga Snaan and after his morning pooja at a Maa Durga temple at Gaighat, the accused ambushed him. They stopped him and shot him in the head. As the bullet pierced his head through right cheek, Vinay died on the spot. His daughter and wife took his body in an auto rickshaw to hospital. The deceased is survived by two daughters, a son and wife Pushpa Devi.
Curiously, none of mainstream news outlets, including Hindi ones, have reported the names of the accused in this case.
Barely 30 km away in Naubatpur, on 28 July, a similar incident happened where Anwar Ali shot at shopkeeper Siddhnath. Luckily no one was injured in this incident as the bullet missed Siddhnath’s children, who were tending the shop at the time, and lodged in a wooden rack.
According to the shopkeeper, Anwar Ali used to buy regularly from him and had come to his shop to return some stuff he had purchased a few months back. When Siddhnath refused to accept the goods sold long time back, Anwar threatened him. Later, he returned to the shop and fired at the children. Sidhhnath alleged that the main motive of Anwar was not returning the goods but terrorising him so Anwar could extort money from him.
After the incident, Anwar casually walked away from the crime scene. The police has recovered one spent bullet case from the site and registered a case. Police is carrying out raids to arrest the accused.
Such fearless and frequent attacks against Hindu traders right in the state capital Patna reflect poorly on Bihar’s law & order. It shows how they have to live every second of their lives under terror of such criminals and how their life and limb are not safe. On 26th July, a minor Hindu girl was abducted at gunpoint right in front of her father – the FIR in the case was lodged only on 30th July after Bajrang Dal protested.
Did you find this article useful? We’re a non-profit. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.