Bihar: 70-year-old man thrashed and beheaded

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 17, 2018, 05.08 AM (IST)

A 70-year-old man was thrashed and beheaded by a mob in Darbhanga district of Bihar on Friday.

Initially, the reason for beheading the man, Ramchandra Yadav, was reportedly because he renamed the town square after Prime Minister Modi as 'Narendra Modi chowk'.

But on Saturday news agency ANI quoted Satya Veer Singh, SSP of Darbhanga saying that "it was due to an old land dispute and has no connection with the naming of chowk." 

"They named their private land as Narendra Modi Chowk. Batons were used to injure the deceased's son," Veer Singh added.

 The SSP further clarified that there is no ongoing tension in the village.

Ramchandra Yadav was attacked by a mob of 40-50 people who allegedly thrashed Yadav with hockey sticks and swords.

Media has quoted Yadav's son as saying that his father went to explain the situation but he was beheaded with a sword and when his elder brother intervened he was also assaulted.

The elder brother is admitted to a local hospital for his treatment.

Police have registered a complaint and arrested people who were named.

Further probe relating to whether the incident was linked to being a Modi supporter or it was an old dispute is underway.