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Contractor burnt alive for failing to pay up Rs15 lakh bribe to engineer in Bihar



PATNA: A contractor has been burnt alive in Bihar after he allegedly failed to give bribe of Rs15 lakh (Rs1.5 million) to the chief engineer working with the Water Resources Department. The said engineer has been absconding since the incident.

The incident took place in Gopalganj district of Bihar on Thursday.

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Reports quoting police officials and the local media said the contractor Ramashankar Singh had gone to the residence of chief engineer Murlidhar Singh to collect his pending payments when they indulged in verbal duel.

Subsequently, the contractor was allegedly doused with kerosene oil before being set on fire by the accused engineer, media reports said.

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The grievously-burnt contractor was rushed to the local hospital from where he was referred to a hospital in neighbouring Gorakhpur town for treatment but he succumbed to his burn injuries finally.

“My father was soaked with kerosene oil and set on fire by the engineer,” victim’s son Rama Pratap Singh alleged in his written complaint to the police.

During the search, the police later recovered a gallon used for storing kerosene oil from his residence.

Victim’s son alleged a sum of Rs 60 lakh (Rs 6 million) was due with the engineer for long for construction of buildings. According to him, the engineer was demanding Rs15 lakh as bribe for clearing his payment.

“The matter is very serious. The police are conducting raids to arrest the absconding engineer,” local Gopalganj district superintendent of police Rashid Zaman told the media on Friday.

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