Pathraha village of Patna, on Thursday, June 21, registered yet another case of inhuman act against innocence. The day was like any other day when the children were playing and amidst of all the laughter and noise, a gun shot was heard. The state of Bihar witnessed a nerve chilling incident and this time it was a ten year old boy. This ten year old was allegedly shot dead for plucking mangoes from an orchard. According to the police statement, as reported by the TIMES OF INDIA in a report, the other children playing in the park, at the time of the incident, immediately burst out of the place, panic rising in them and informed the villagers about the incident. The villagers then relayed the incident to the Gogri police.
The boy was identified as Satyam Kumar, a farmer’s son from the native village of Shergarh and a student of class four studying in a village school. Station House Officer (SHO), Deepak Kumar Yadav of Gogri police station also informed the TOI that Satyam’s father Makuni Yadav has accused the orchards watchman Rama Yadav who was absconding, for the child’s death. According to a Financial Express report, the orchard is owned by some Baroh Chaudhary who is as of now believed to have escaped.
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Though the probe into the incident is still underway, reports state that when the police searched around the place, no empty cartridge or firearm was found from the spot. Pramod Kumar, Gogri SDPO while talking to the National Daily said that, the police are also looking into an angle of accident, where possibilities are that maybe someone at the orchard wielding a firearm may have fired a bullet. An ANI tweet states that the child’s body has been sent for postmortem and that the investigation to nab the culprit is on. But the real question to ask is why does one feel the need to have an armed watchman to guard an orchard?
The price for an act of childhood, innocence and mischief was paid with life in a such a tragic way. As there are reports coming from various parts of the nation, basic needs such as food seem to be the most expensive things in India today for one to pay the price with their life. One such similar incident of food theft was reported in February this year from Kerala where a 27 year old tribal man in Attapadi was beaten to death by a mob of people for he was found with stolen food items.
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