Patna, July 4
A former Bihar MLA has been arrested for hiring contract killers to bump off his daughter with whom he has been upset as she married a man from another caste, police said.
Surendra Sharma was apprehended on Sunday after the hitmen, whom he had paid Rs 20 lakh for the "honour killing", spilled the beans, said Patna City (East) Superintendent of Police Pramod Kumar.
"An attempt was made on his daughter's life on the night intervening July 1 and 2. The woman, who lives in Shri Krishnapuri police station area, lodged a police complaint that she had been fired at by unidentified persons, who sped away on a motorcycle after missing the target,” Kumar said.
A search operation was launched and on Saturday, Abhishek alias Chhote Sarkar, who heads the gang, along with two of his associates, was arrested.
Abhishek told police about Sharma, who had served a term in the state legislative assembly from his native Saran district in the 1990s.
Sharma is also said to have criminal antecedents.
Three country-made pistols, several rounds of ammunition and a motorcycle without a number plate are among the items recovered from the possession of Abhishek and his associates, the SP added.
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