Patna: A 26-year-old youth from Bhojpur district had to pay a heavy price for protesting the sale of illicit liquor in his neighbourhood in violation of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016.
Manoj Patel, the owner of a sweets shop at Shivganj Mor in Ara district headquarters town, was fired upon allegedly by a member of the liquor mafia, Vishal Kumar, and his associates at his residence late on Thursday night.
Manoj was rushed to Ara Sadar hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. The assailants also fired in the air to create panic among the residents of Shital Tola, where Manoj stays, under the jurisdiction of Ara Town police station.
Manoj had told the police that Vishal had attacked him for leaking information to the police about his (Vishal’s) alleged involvement in bootlegging. Vishal was arrested about a month ago in connection with a bootlegging case.
Vishal attacked Manoj as soon as he stepped out of jail on bail. “The day Vishal was arrested, his goons had opened fire near the Manoj’s house to terrorise his family members. On Thursday night, a repeat incident happened,” said a relative of Manoj.
Ara Sadar SDPO Sanjay Kumar said he had not yet recorded Manoj’s statement. “I can share any information about the case only after the victim’s statement is recorded,” Sanjay told The Telegraph over phone on Saturday.
Courtesy: The Telegraph