A 23-year-old junior engineer was shot dead following a tiff with some armed men during a group dance allegedly over the selection of songs at a wedding ceremony in Arrah, Bihar on Monday.
Abhishek Kumar was shot in his eye and breathed his last on way to the civil hospital of Bhojpur district. His body was set for post-mortem.
Relatives of the groom and bride were dancing in a group when some armed unidentified people entered the gathering and start celebratory firing after the Dwar Puja ritual. It led to a quarrel between Abhishek and the armed group.
Meanwhile, a few men took Abhishek to a corner and shot him in his left eye.
The incident took place at Jagatpur Pakdi village in the Krishnagarh police station area.
“A quarrel broke out over the selection of songs to be played on the occasion. Around 10.30 pm, Abhishek and some others told the unidentified men to leave the venue. A few minutes later, 10-15 men came brandishing their pistols. They threatened to shoot anyone who interferes,” an eyewitness told The New Indian.
The gunmen belong to the powerful Yadav community from nearby Padminiya and Pakri villages, the eyewitness said.
Police teams are conducting raids to nab the perpetrators, said Krishnagarh police station in-charge Brajesh Kumar.
Abhishek works as a junior engineer in the Mughalsarai division of the Indian Railways and was posted in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
He was appointed a year ago and was planning to get married in May this year.
Abhishek is survived by his father Umesh Kumar Singh who is working as a driver in the Bihar Police in Bikramganj of Rohtas, his mother Babita Devi who teaches at a primary school, and two brothers.