PATNA: A quarrel over a man raising his voice against a dog’s barking led to the man and his 20-year-old daughter being stabbed to death in Bihar’s northern Madhubani district, police said on Sunday.
Bhola Sahni, 50, and his daughter Arti, 20, succumbed to their wounds while Sahni’s son, Pradip, is recuperating at a local hospital from multiple stab wounds. The shocking incident took place at Bhachchi village under Raika police station area on Saturday evening.
When Bhola Sahni was returning from his crop field, a dog owned by Kalikant Chaudhary, 60, barked at him and obstructed his path. Sahni protested aloud and demanded that Chaudhary keep his dog tied up. This enraged Chaudhary so much that he attacked Sahni with a knife. He also attacked Sahni’s daughter, Arti, as she reached the spot hearing her father’s shrieks. The profusely bleeding father-daughter duo was rushed to a nearby hospital, but they were declared brought dead.
The villagers, angered by the two deaths caused over a trivial matter, attacked Chaudhary’s house by pelting stones at it and then set a part of it on fire. A police team that reached there was also pelted with stones by the angry villagers.
“All the eight accused, including main accused Kalikant Chaudhary and some of his family members, have been arrested. A police team is camping in the village to maintain peace,” said Raika police station SHO Sanjay Kumar.
Trivial incidents involving dogs, goats and cows have led to severe clashes and loss of human lives in Bihar’s villages in the past. A 45-year-old man was brutally killed by a group of villagers in Muzaffarpur district last month because the bike he was riding accidentally hit a goat that had strayed onto the road. The victim, Navin Kumar, was beaten up mercilessly before the mob of villagers slit his throat.