Patna: A woman Sarpanch’s brother-in-law was allegedly shot dead in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district as he pointed out corrupt practices in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).Md. Neyazuddin Khan alias Munna Khan, brother-in-law of the Sarpanch (village head) of Purvi Akhta village, was shot dead by Fida Hussain, husband of village Mukhiya Shahnaz Khatoon.

“Neyazuddin was shot dead after he repeatedly raised the issue of bribery demanded from the beneficiaries of PMAY,” Mushtaque Khan, a villager, told IANS.

However, local police have denied the above version as according to them Neyazuddin was attacked and beaten to death by accused Fida and his henchmen. As per police, Neyazuddin’s wife Nazis Khatoon and his daughter Imroz Khatoon were also beaten by the accused. Meanwhile, both of them are undergoing treatment in a hospital.”

According to villagers, Niyazuddin had not only opposed and exposed corruption in the PMAY but also held a street meeting on this issue recently that angered Fida.

“Soon after the meeting on September 14, Neyazuddin was abused and threatened by Fida and his men, but some villagers intervened and the matter was settled. He was again manhandled by Fida and his men on Tuesday and they threatened to eliminate him,” said another villager.

Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against the nine accused. However, all of them are said to be absconding since the incident.

In an earlier incident, a 40-year-old taxi driver was shot dead by unidentified men in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur. The incident took place when the deceased, Umesh, was talking to his friend while his car was parked nearby. It is suspected that three-four men came there in a Honda City car and got into an argument with Umesh and shot him after accused persons’ car accidentally brushed past Umesh’s. This led to the argument during which the accused pulled the trigger, a police official informed PTI.