Amidst the prevailing water shortage in the region due to rising mercury, at least six people sustained injuries after being stabbed by a man here over a water dispute.
The injured are undergoing treatment in a local hospital here.
On Friday, while locals in Kishoreganj were lined up in front of a tanker to fill water, a man from a neighboring village was seen filling water in large barrels, leaving a lesser amount of water for residents of the region.
to ANI, Sunil Kumar Yadav, one among those who sustained bruises in the
incident, said his father asked the man why he was taking so much water
and explained that others, too, must get a chance to fill water.
by this, the accused, Yadav said, began quarreling and hurled abuses at
his father. When Yadav tried to intervene, the accused took out a knife
and began stabbing him with it.
“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.
locals say, is reeling under water shortage, as tankers are sent only
once in four days. Locals claim they are forced to travel distances to
fulfill their requirement, as water bodies in the region have begun to
dry up due to soaring temperatures.
Acknowledging the situation, state minister CP Singh said people should learn how to use available water judiciously rather than fight over it.
heard of the knife attack, this is wrong. Everyone needs water,
fighting is wrong. The state and local administration are working on
water-related projects. We are trying to arrange water through
pipelines, but some are installing motors and diverting water flow.
People should learn how to judiciously use water and start water
harvesting. It is taking time, but we’re working on it,” he added.