Elderly couple shot dead by nephews over property dispute
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An elderly couple was shot dead allegedly by their nephews in a village in Nawabganj area of the district late on Friday night. The police has registered a case of murder against two persons.
Refusal on the part of the childless couple to pass on their landed property to the accused was believed to be the reason behind the incident, the police said. A panchayat on the issue was also held on Friday. However, the matter could not be resolved.
According to the police, the incident took place in Lakhraiya village in Nawabganj area around 9.30 pm on Friday. The elderly couple - Bhullar Patel (65) and his wife Ram Kailasa (60) - was sleeping in their house when the accused barged in and opened fire at them with country-made firearms. "They fired three to four rounds. It appeared that the victims were also attacked with sharp-edged weapons. We have registered a case of murder on a complaint lodged by Bhullar's brother-in-law," said a police officer. The accused lived in a house near to that of the victim and were regular visitors.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Bhullar owned nearly five bighas of land. Their nephews, Vasudev and Om Prakash (both sons of Bhullar's younger brother Maya Ram), were eyeing the land. They would often request the couple to transfer the land in their name as they had no children. "However, the elderly couple was not ready for the same. They were apparently planning to sell it off to somebody else. This seems to have irritated the accused," said the officer. Raids were being conducted to nab the accused.
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