Husbands of three village heads killed in Bihar, India

Patna, August 21 (KMS): In India, political killings continue ahead of the panchayat elections as three persons, who were husbands of village panchayat heads, were killed in separate incidents in Bihar state, today.

In the first incident, Raj Kumar Shah, husband of Asha Devi who is the village head of Bankh panchayat, was gunned down on Patna’s outskirts in Maner sub-town.

As news of the killing spread, a large number of villagers assembled at the crime site. They blocked the Patna-Arrah main road for an hour but left after assurances by the police that the accused would be arrested soon.

In another incident, unidentified assailants shot dead Pintu Saw, the husband of the village head of Painal panchayat in Patna district of the state.

“As per the statement of eyewitnesses, the attackers came on two bikes and fired indiscriminately at Saw who was on his way to Bihta. The deceased received multiple gunshot injuries and died on the spot,” said an investigating officer of Bihta police station.

In the third incident, a body identified as Ajay Kumar Singh, husband of the Sarpanch of Lewda village panchayat with stab wounds was found near a canal in Rohtas’s Lewda village under Nokha police station of Bihar,

“The reasons for the killings are yet to be ascertained. However with panchayat elections around the corner, political motives cannot be ruled out,” police officials said.