Elderly shop owner thrashed in Bihar over delay in giving cigarette, dies

Samastipur: Members of a dominant castes at a village in Samastipur beat up an elderly tea shop owner leading to his death over delay in giving cigarette to them. The incident took place at Kasor village under Warisnagar police station area.

Son also injured in attack

60-year-old shopkeeper Shivanarayan Bhagat’s son Nuni Bhagat was also injured when he tried to save his father and has been hospitalised. Tension prevails in the village after the incident.

Police have sent the body to Sadar Hospital for post-mortem. An FIR has been lodged against six people, including three locals, on the complaint of the deceased’s other son Pradeep Bhagat.

Police station in-charge Pawan Kumar said that raids are being conducted for the arrest of the accused who have absconded after the incident.

Shivnarayan’s family runs a tea shop in the village. On Wednesday night, Raja, Abhay, Chili and some other people arrived at his shop and demanded cigarettes. At that time Shivnarayan was giving tea to another customer. The three youths started beating him over delay in giving cigarettes to them. When his son Nuni tried to intervene, he was also beaten up.

Could not gather courage to lodge complaint

Shivnarayan’s family members said he could not gather courage to file a complaint out of fear even after the incident. But the next morning the accused persons beat him up again.

The deceased’s daughter Lalita Kumari said that the three youths arrived the next morning with their friends and again thrashed her father and other family members.

Fainted suddenly and was declared dead at hospital

After being beaten again, the villagers asked Shivnarayan to lodge a complaint. He was writing an application at the block office when he suddenly fainted. He was rushed to primary health centre (PHC) where the doctors declared him dead.