A father in Bihar shot dead one of his sons and injured the other because they were fed up of his drinking problem.
The accused, Ravindra Yadav, a former village mukhiya in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, reportedly returned home in an inebriated state on Monday evening and was annoyed by his sons' nonstop rants about his drinking problem, despite the prohibition in Bihar.
Chhotu Yadav, the injured son, reportedly told the Hindustan Times that the father first shot his elder brother Mukesh Yadav, who was sleeping in the verandah, and then targeted him, after he rushed out of his room upon hearing gunshot.
However, police officials have refuted the family's claims and said that the killings were the result of a family feud over property.
"According to the family members of the accused, there was a family dispute over property. The accused wanted to have his say while his sons were opposing the deal. Investigations have revealed that the accused was not an alcohol addict," HT quoted Sub-inspector Gagan Kumar Sudhakar as saying.
Reports of the Bihar Police denying an alcohol-related crime are not new in the state.
Some days ago, a man allegedly died of drinking spurious liquor in Araria district in Bihar, but the police claimed that he had been poisoned.
In April 2016, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar banned the consumption and trade of alcohol to make Bihar a dry state. But ever since, incidents of illegal trading of liquor have been reported.
In May this year, the state police claimed that 9 lakh litres of liquor that they had seized had been consumed by rats.
According to the law in Bihar, anyone found drinking alcohol can get a jail term of up to seven years and may have to pay a fine ranging from ₹1 lakh to ₹10 lakh.
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