Uttar Pradesh: Elderly Man Killed, Family Brutally Assaulted During Election Debate
Uttar Pradesh: Elderly Man Killed, Family Brutally Assaulted During Election Debate

Lucknow: An elderly man named Radheshyam Pathak was murdered during an election debate in the Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Shambhu Chaudhary and three others have been accused of the murder. The victim's family members, who tried to save him, were also brutally beaten. The police have filed an FIR against the four accused and have begun an investigation. The incident occurred on Friday (May 10, 2024).

According to media reports, the incident happened in the Nebua Naurangiya police station area of Kushinagar. On Friday, in Baghparna village, some people were discussing elections under a tree near a temple. The deceased's family alleges that during the discussion, Shambhu Chaudhary and his companions advocated voting for the Samajwadi Party, while a young man named Amit Pathak argued for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A heated argument broke out between the two groups. Allegedly, Shambhu became angry at the thought of voting for the BJP and insisted that everyone should vote as he said. Some people intervened to calm the situation and sent both groups home. However, it is alleged that on the same night, Shambhu Choudhary and his associates went to Amit Pathak's house. Upon arrival, they abused and then brutally beat Amit's entire family, including his 55-year-old father Radheshyam Pathak and his 21-year-old sister Ritu. Hearing the commotion, neighbors gathered.

The victims called the emergency number 112, and when police personnel were seen approaching, the attackers fled, threatening them. The accused have been identified as Shambhu, Sipu, and Tinkle Chaudhary, all of whom are relatives of Shambhu.

Amit and Ritu, along with their father Radheshyam, were taken to the hospital. While Amit and Ritu were admitted to the Medical College, Ravindra Nagar, Radheshyam, in critical condition, was referred to Gorakhpur Medical College, where he succumbed to his injuries. His body underwent a post-mortem examination. Relatives of the deceased, along with some local residents, staged a protest by placing the bodies in front of the police station, demanding strict action against Shambhu Choudhary and his associates.

The police reassured the protesters and explained the situation to them. An FIR has been filed regarding the incident, which is being treated as a mutual dispute. Many organizations have expressed outrage over the murder of Radheshyam Pathak. The accused are currently absconding, and a search operation is underway. Police forces have been deployed in the village due to the tense situation.

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