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In dry Bihar, two shot dead over water dispute

October 03, 2012 12:35 IST

Two people were shot dead and four injured over a dispute about irrigation water for a paddy field in Bihar's Aurangabad district, the police said on Wednesday.

Daroga Yadav and his nephew Tega Yadav were shot dead late on Tuesday night by some villagers over a dispute about water, said a police official.

Daroga and Tega are residents of Akauna village under Mufassil police station in Aurangabad, located nearly 150 km from Patna.

They were shot dead after they confronted a few villagers who were trying to stop the flow of water to their paddy field

"When Daroga and Tega went to their paddy field, they were shocked to see some villagers trying to stop the flow of water to their field. They requested the villagers not to do so," said the police.

According to the police, four villagers were also injured in the incident and admitted to the hospital.

Akauna as well as its neighbouring villages are tense after the incident.

"No arrest has been made in this connection," said police officials.

Farmers in Bihar are struggling to provide adequate irrigation for paddy as the rainfall this monsoon has been scarce. Some districts in the state are facing a drought-like situation due to deficient rainfall.

M I Khan in Patna