Bihar: Teen killed for seeking less than a pound for flood help
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IN a horrific incident, a teenage boy was fatally shot in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Monday (23) for charging Rs 10 (£0.09) as fare for taking the brother of a local muscleman on his boat in times of floods, Gulf News reported.
According to police, the 17-year-old deceased named Sikil Yadav, a resident of the state’s Samastipur district, had been plying the boat in the local flooded villages to rescue marooned people who have no other means of transport. As many as 20 districts of Bihar are now inundated because of heavy rains.
Sikil collected Rs 10 from a man called Anil Yadav who used his boat to reach another place on Sunday (22) evening. However, Anil was not happy with Sikil asking for the boat fare and complained about the latter to his muscleman brother Ranvir Yadav.
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The next day, Ranvir went to Sikil’s home and started abusing him for asking for the boat fare, the police added. The boy assured to return the meagre amount that he had taken from Anil but a fuming Ranvir took out his revolver and shot Sikil. The youngster was badly injured as the bullet hit his abdomen and succumbed to his injuries before being taken to a big hospital in the district.
In Bihar, the cost of a bullet used in revolvers ranges between Rs 500 (£4.91) and Rs 700 (£6.87).
“My son was killed just for charging Rs 10 as boat fare,” Om Prakash Yadav, the victim’s father, told the media on Tuesday (24). He added that his son was charging a paltry amount in lieu of helping villagers in times of serious floods.
Local police sources said a case was registered against the accused and raids were underway to nab him.
In another incident, a labourer was beaten to death for demanding his due wage of 10 kilograms of rice from the landlord for transplanting paddy seedlings in farmlands in Nalanda.