Patna: Two security guards were killed apparently for resisting a robbery at a medicine shop located in Mehandia Bazar of Arwal, around 100km southwest of Patna, late on Saturday night.
The incident came to the fore on Sunday morning when residents found the duo. They were rushed to the local sadar hospital where they were declared brought dead. They were identified as Maheshwar Yadav (65) and Akhilesh Rajvanshi (50), both residents of Arwal.
Hareram Kumar, the owner of the medicine shop in Pahleza market, told the police that the robbers took away cash and valuables worth Rs 5 lakh after killing the two men, who were deployed as private security guards in the market. The robbers, believed to be four in number, overpowered the security guards and entered the shop.
While two robbers stuffed the mouth of the two guards with clothes leading to their death due to asphyxiation, two others entered the shop and took away cash and valuables worth Rs 5 lakh. As the news about the murder of the guards spread in the locality on Sunday morning, a number of residents and businessmen blocked the National Highway-139 and paralysed traffic.
On getting information, a team of senior police and administrative officials rushed to Mehandia and inquired about the incident. Arwal superintendent of police Umashankar Prasad said an FIR had been lodged against unidentified persons. “Raids are underway to nab the culprits,” he said, adding that traffic was restored on the road after five hours.
The SP said prima facie, the incident appeared to be the fallout of robbery. “We are looking into other aspects of the incident also. The private parts of the deceased have been damaged by the criminals. While Maheshwar was a resident of Jaibigha village, Maheshwar was a resident of Mahendia market.
The bodies were later sent to the Arwal sadar hospital for a post-mortem. “The police have got some clues in the case. Further investigation is underway,” he told The Telegraph over phone. Arwal block development officer Manoj Kumar later provided Rs 20,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased for the last rites.
Sources said each guard was paid a monthly salary of Rs 2,400 for night duty.
Courtesy: The Telegraph