Taunting of a man for his failed job foray to Saudi Arabia degenerated into a festering dispute, culminating in an exchange of fire between two groups of people that left eight persons injured in a south central Bihar town, late night on Thursday.
The firing that took place around 9.30 pm in Dharhara locality under the town police station of Bhojpur district headquarters town of Ara, about 75 km west of state capital, Patna. Dharhara is located at the eastern edge iof Ara town.
.The police identified the injured as Dharhara resident Mohammad Mahangu and six of his associates, including Tanveer Alam, Mohammad Mantu, Mohammad Vicky, Mohammad Meraj and Mohammad Chunnu. From the opposite side, Sheikh Tullu was stated to be the lone person injured.
Officials said the injured were rushed for treatment to the Ara sadar hospital, where their relatives caused a ruckus claiming inadequate facilities. From there, Mahangu and Tullu, both injured seriously, were referred to Patna for better treatment.
Early Friday, relatives and associates of Mohammad Mahangu blocked the Ara-Patna road, to press for the arrest of members of the rival group, which, they claimed, has started the firing. Thereafter, four persons were detained in connection with the incident.
Ara Town police station house officer (SHO) J P Singh said that the incident presented an unfortunate example of how taunting could cause lasting enmity, leading to firing and possible loss of lives of innocent persons, without sufficient cause.
Singh said when he visited the house of Mahangu at Dharhara, the women there told him that the genesis of the dispute lay in members of the rival party directing barbs at a close relation of Mahangu, who went to Saudi Arabia for a job a few months ago but failed to land a decent one..
“When the man returned empty handed, they laughed at him and asked him tauntingly whether he had gone Saudi Arabia to tend to buffaloes. The taunts caused a sharp deterioration in the relationship between the two sides, which led to the Thursday night firing”, the SHO told HT.
He said the two sides had got into a scuffle on Thursday, which culminated into the late night firing. One of the associates of Mahangu had lodged an FIR in connection with the incident, he confirmed.