After Gupta, the PACS chairman of Matiariya panchayat, was shot the four assailants tried to flee but one of them was nabbed by the villagers. The mob torched his motorcycle and thrashed him before handing him over to the police.
The shooter told police that they were given the contract to kill Gupta by Surendra Singh, the Mukhiya of Matiariya gram panchayat. Gupta was his rival for the Mukhiya post in the upcoming panchayat election.
Cops face ire of villagers
According to police sources, the arrested shooter Anil Sahani spilt the beans on Singh. Both Sahni and Singh have been remanded in judicial custody.
Several cops were injured after villagers went on a rampage following Gupta’s murder.
Angry villagers also blocked Matiarawa–Harsidhi road for several hours in protest against Gupta’s murder. Harsidhi police station SHO Shailendra Kumar Singh reached the village with a police team but villagers started pelting stones at them in which a dozen cops, including Areraj SDPO Jyoti Prakash, received injuries on his left leg.SHO Singh said the police team was chased by the mob. Later, cops from five other police stations reached the spot and controlled the situation.
“Police used lathi-charge and conducted raids in the village and arrested 40 people involved in the attack on the police,” SDPO Prakash said.All injured police officers and constables were given first aid at the Motihari Sadar hospital.
East Champaran SP Navin Chandra Jha, who was camping at the spot, said the situation was under control.