Uttarakhand police arrest 22-year-old who shot dead village head in Pithoragarh

A 22-year-old Uttarakhand man who had allegedly shot dead a 52-year-old village head (gram Pradhan) in Pithoragarh’s Berinag area on Saturday evening was arrested, said police.

Hem Chandra Pant, in-charge Berinag police station, said on Saturday evening that the village head of Banri Machikhet village, Pushkar Singh Dangi, was allegedly shot dead by Niraj Singh, a 22-year-old youth from the same village. “The accused had stolen the licensed gun of the deceased’s younger brother,” Pant said.

Pant said following the incident, police started a search for the accused, who was hiding after the crime. “On Sunday, we succeeded in arresting him. He was hiding in one of the toilets in the village,” he said.

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Pant said during the preliminary investigation, it has come to light that there was some enmity between the two families.

“We have started an investigation in the matter,” he said.

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