Villagers torch police station after 2 murders in Bhiwani

An angry mob on Thursday torched a police station and set a dozen vehicles on fire at Bond village in Bhiwani district after the police failed to take immediate action against a criminal who allegedly killed two brothers late on Wednesday.

As per the villagers, Kolbir Singh shot dead Rajender (44) and Kuldeep (40) on Wednesday night when they were working in the fields. "They left for the fields last night but never returned," their father Harpal Singh said, adding that some villagers found the two brothers lying in a pool of blood in a field.

While Kuldeep had succumbed to gunshots, Rajender was critically wounded. The villagers took Rajender and to a hospital in the village, where the doctors referred him to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, but he died on way to the hospital.

According to the police, both Kuldeep and Rajender suffered over half a dozen bullet injuries each. "It is not yet certain if all the bullets were fired from one weapon used by one assailant or if there there were more people involved in the crime," an investigating police official said.

Villagers claim they contacted officials at the Bond Kalan police station and demanded the immediate arrest of the Kolbir, who they alleged was getting police protection and was responsible for the brothers' murders.

According to them, Kolbir shot dead the two after they refused to give him foodgrains as extortion. "Earlier Kolbir was arrested by the Haryana Police on charges of murder in 2000 and was released on parole in 2003-04. He used to frequently visit the Bond Kalan police station and was enjoying the police protection," Puran Chand, a former Sarpanch of the village said.

As the police failed to arrest Kolbir, the villagers torched down the police post even as the personnel on duty ran for cover. The angry mob set on fire records inside the police station and vehicles in its premises. They also burned down Kolbir's house, forcing his family to flee the village As the mob clashed with the forces, four policemen and eight protesters sustained severe injuries.

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