While the city is battling with water shortage, a man on Friday stabbed at least six people over water dispute. As per the report, residents of Ranchi’s Kishoreganj area on Friday had lined up in front of a tanker to fill water as there is water shortage in the area.
Meanwhile, a man from a neighboring village was seen filling water in large barrels, leaving a lesser amount of water for residents of the region.
Sunil Kumar Yadav and his father, who were in the queue to fill water, began quarreling with the accused and asked him to explain why he was taking so much water and was not giving any chance to the residents to fill water.
Upon this the accused hurled abuses at the father and son and then took out a knife and stabbed them.
“A boy came to fill water multiple times in our area. My father asked him why he is taking so much water and if he takes all the water, where will everybody else get water from. He started arguing with my father. When I intervened, he hurled abuses and later stabbed me with a knife. He stabbed my mother and brother also when they tried to save me. We rounded him up and grabbed his knife, after which the police took him away,” Yadav said.
Recalling the incident, Yadav’s mother Sona Devi said she too was stabbed by the man when she tried to save her son.
The injured were taken to the local hospital and are undergoing treatment.
With rising mercury, the water shortage has worsened in the area. The local authorities make one tanker available to the residents in four days. Residents claim they are forced to travel long distances to fulfill their requirement, as water bodies in the region have begun to dry up due to soaring temperatures.