PATNA: The pious three-day festivities of Chhath in Bihar this year brought in massive shock due to a number of sensational incidents of crime such as murder, besides nearly 20 deaths by drowning, when the rituals were observed in the state.
While the average crime graph in Bihar is known to dip considerably during Chhath as the state’s populace takes part in the rigorous worship of the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya, a double murder and a knife attack on a young woman, both in Patna, during the three-day period left many shocked.
An ageing millionaire couple – Bipin Bihari Sharma (75) and his wife Savita Sharma (65) – was found brutally killed in their mansion-like house in Patna’s P&T Colony on Sunday, the first day of the Chhath festivities that is considered the most pious.
Police suspected the role of their domestic staff and detailed two of them. After a third arrest, Patna senior SP Manu Maharaj said on Tuesday that the couple’s domestic help and gardener had strangulated them to death with the help of another man.
The motive, he said, was robbery of the couple’s cash and jewellery. Bipin Bihari Sharma was the head of the Salauna Math in Begusarai district, which is said to possess 3,200 acres of land.