he fired 14 bullets
An Indian farmer has murdered his brother as a result of a rivalry between the pair.
Along with multiple accomplices, Manpreet shot and killed his brother Rajendra over an agricultural conflict.
The shooting took place on Thursday, August 5, 2021 in Dodwa village, in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district.
Following the murder, the police received a complaint from the pair’s other brother, Sombir.
According to Sombir, they are a family of six brothers and three sisters, who all do agricultural work.
Sombir and Rajendra used to farm together.
On the day of the incident, Rajendra was farming in his field before travelling home on his bike.
On his way, Manpreet came from behind him and attacked him, and Rajendra attempted to make an escape.
He began to run towards the village for safety, however, he fell due to exhaustion and pain.
Manpreet soon caught up to Rajendra, and he fired 14 bullets to his brother’s chest, shoulder and abdomen.
Manpreet then fled the scene with his accomplices, and Rajendra died on the spot.
Police have since launched an investigation into the incident, and have formed four teams to arrest Manpreet for murder.
Manpreet had been on the run since February 2021, after making a previous attempt to kill his brother.
According to Sombir’s police complaint, Manpreet tried to kill Rajendra on February 27, 2021, by firing several shots at him.
One bullet hit Rajendra in the arm, and he lodged a complaint with the police as a result.
Sombir also said that Rajendra had had a fight with another of their brothers in January 2021.
It is thought that the argument was to do with farming.
He said that Manpreet was hostile towards this, which could be his reason behind killing Rajendra.
Agricultural disputes are the cause of death for many Indian farmers.
In May 2021, a farmer and his son were both shot dead over a land dispute in Punjab’s Patran district.
Fifty-eight-year-old Balbir Singh and his 30-year-old son Charanjeet were murdered by various family members and died on the spot.
Prior to the incident, Balbir and Charanjeet were at odds with Balbir’s brother Karnail Singh and his family over the ownership of two acres of farmland.
According to the police, Balbir’s nephews, Khuvinder and Gurpal, forced their way into Balbir and Charanjeet’s house and fired multiple shots at them.
Balbir Singh’s brother Karnail Singh, mother Balwinder Kaur, nephews Khuvinder and Gurpal Singh and friend Jaspal Singh have all been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).