Pratapgarh Cong chief's son-in-law killed

The 35-year-old son-in-law of Pratapgarh district Congress president was Tuesday murdered near his house under Raniganj police station area of Pratapgarh district.

A case has been registered against four persons, including a village pradhan, on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim's father. One of the named persons has been taken into custody for questioning.

The police said Javed Ahmed, son of Maqbool Ahmed and the only son-in-law of district Congress chief Mohammad Ishaq, was returning on his motorcycle to Golia village near Dandupur railway station under Raniganj police station area, when some persons intercepted him and slit his throat with his a sharp weapon. The incident occurred around 7.30 p.m.

Ishaq said: "I got to know about the incident soon after. I was told that somebody had asked Javed to come to the place where he was killed. That stretch is usually desolate and, it appears, that somebody quite well known to him had called him to come there. His throat was slit and he was left to die by the assailants."

As the incident came to light, Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police Surendra Kumar Verma and other officials reached the spot.

A case of murder was registered today on Maqbool's complaint, in which he has named four persons, including Barkat Ali and his associates and Om Prakash Tiwari.

Verma said: "Barkat Ali is the pradhan of Tiwaripur village, where Javed's wife is a primary school teacher. A new building of the school was to come up and the contract was with Javed. His father has claimed that there was a serious dispute with Barkat over the place where the school would come up. Also, Maqbool has named one Om Prakash Tiwari."

Verma added that both Tiwari and Javed were associated with running brick kilns. "Tiwari is being questioned. Maqbool has told us that Tiwari had fallen out with Javed nearly six years ago. The two had gone to Jharkhand, where Tiwari had allegedly got Javed kidnapped and demanded a ransom of Rs 2 lakh. However, Javed had somehow escaped," said Verma. No FIR was registered in this connection. Further investigations in the case are on.

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