Jind: A newly elected sarpanch was shot dead in Haryana’s Khedi Taloura village on Sunday evening, said police. The first runner up of the polls is suspected of murdering him. The accused, who lost the election to the victim by a small margin, is still absconding, police said.
The 45-year-old Ramesh Yadav, who had sold his two acre land to contest the polls, belongs to the dalit community. Caste rivalry is believed to be the reason behind the killing.
Police have rounded up half a dozen men named as accused by the victim’s family. Accused Vijay, who lost election by 30 votes, belongs to an upper caste community.
Polls were conducted for the first phase in Haryana on Sunday and results were declared the same evening.
Read in Bengali: হরিয়ানার খুন নবনির্বাচিত দলিত সরপঞ্চ