A 20-year-old youth had to pay with his life in Rohtas district of Bihar on Thursday for allegedly opposing the sale of liquor in the locality his family has lived in for decades, The Telegraph reported today.
“A group of liquor traders first brutally assaulted Shahrukh Khan in full public view at Babuganj in Dehri-on-Sone, and subsequently with a knife. Residents informed the Dehri-on-Sone police station. But emboldened by police inaction, the mafia shot at Shahrukh around 8pm, when he had gone to the market. The bullet entered his stomach, injuring him fatally. He died at the Narayan Medical College and Hospital late in the night,” the report said.
“My son paid with his life for opposing the liquor trade here,” Shahrukh’s father Hasan Khan, a daily wager, said.
“Had the police taken action against the offenders, my son would have been alive now.”
Relatives named those who had attacked the youth. “A named FIR has been lodged,” Dehri-sub-divisional police officer Anwar Javed Ansari said. “But we’ll not disclose the names as it’ll hamper probe.”
Residents forced shopkeepers in Dehri-on-Sone, around 165km southwest of Patna, to down shutters and also blocked the old Grand Trunk Road. The police had to use force to disperse the protesters.
A police officer said deputy inspector-general (Shahabad range) Kumar Ekle had received complaints about the attack on Shahrukh on Thursday and asked the SP concerned to take action. But the police did not pay heed and the youth was later shot dead.