Priest killed, one assailant lynched in Bihar

Patna (Bihar, India), October 15 (KMS): A 45-year-old priest was shot dead and a devotee was injured by attackers in the Indian state of Bihar.

The incident took place when four armed men barged into Kankali temple and shot dead the priest, Rajeev Kumar Jha, and injured a devotee in the University police station area of Darbhanga district of the state, Station House Officer, Satya Prakash Jha said.

The injured devotee identified as Shambhu Choudhary has been hospitalised and his condition is stated to be stable, police said.

After the incident, locals chased the alleged assailants and nabbed three of them, while one managed to escape. The trio was brutally thrashed by the locals, as a result one of them identified as Pulkit Singh died while the other two were arrested by the police, the officer said.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that the deceased assailant had some dispute over a mobile phone with the priest’s son,” police claimed, adding further investigation is underway.

Locals, however, claimed that the slain priest had lodged a police complaint against the lynched man a few days ago but no further action was taken against him. Police, though, remained tight-lipped over the charge.