Man Kills Self, Family in Bihar

Patna, Aug 22 (IANS): Driven by poverty, a man set his wife and three children on fire before killing himself in Bihar's Aurangabad district early Monday, police said.

The man, a Mahadalit, poured kerosene and set his two daughters and a son on fire in Mujhar village of Aurangabad, about 100 km from here.

According to police, the family was upset after money allotted to them under a government scheme was fraudulently taken away by a middleman.

Mahadalits, the poorest of the socially marginalised people in Bihar, constitute nearly 15 percent of state's 104 million population. The Census has identified 21 of the 22 Dalit sub-castes as Mahadalits.


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  • Manish Kumar, Muzaffarpur

    Mon, Aug 22 2011

    This is the real picture of Bihar. Undoubtly the image of state has improved on the national plateform but the problem of middleman has increased in the state.Every field is full of middleman.they are ban on the image of state.It has increased in Panchayati Raj tremendously.whynot all the releavent loans and support should be equally distributed?It is serious issue.Once the land revenue is collected from all peasant then the benefit should be given according to the Govt documaent not by amiddleman.I can't understand for a helping hand to a needy there are Govt officials and documents,where middleman exists.

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