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Muslim hotelier shot dead after he refuses to serve hot tea free of cost



PATNA: A Muslim villager running tea stall in Patna was shot dead by three persons after he refused to serve them hot tea free of cost.

The incident took place in Ramjichak-Bata locality under Digha police station in Patna shortly past midnight on Wednesday.

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Reports said Syed Bahjad Ahmad was sitting on his tea stall at night when three criminals riding a red coloured bike reached the shop, straightway went near him and pumped bullets into his body, killing him on the spot.

Witnesses said each of the three miscreants pumped bullets in different parts of his body, indicating the level of cruelty.

The victim, a resident of Akbarpur village in Rohtas district, had been running his tea stall round the clock to earn more money to marry his four daughters.

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Family members said he was not earning much during the day hours and hence started running the tea stall also at night to earn more to run his family.

According to family members, some youths had been forcing him to serve them tea free of cost which he had refused. Subsequently, they had threatened him with dire consequences.

“Preliminary investigations have found the incident was the fallout of the old dispute. We have registered the case and conducting raids to nab the accused persons,” Patna’s senior superintendent of police Garima Malik told the local media on Friday.

Last month, a Muslim youth was lynched in Jharkhand on the suspicion of being a thief, inviting wide outrage.

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