BJP worker's father beheaded allegedly for naming town square after Modi

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"The dispute that escalated (and led to the murder) had started due to this chowk being named Modi Chowk", Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai told reporters after visiting Darbhanga, 150 km north of Bihar capital Patna, on Saturday.

The Darbhanga police on Friday arrested four men in connection with the murder of an elderly man for naming the street in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A 70-year-old man was beheaded by a group of 40-50 people in Bihar's Darbhanga district on Thursday over allegedly naming a town square as 'Narendra Modi chowk.' The victim was the father of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker and as per his son had gone to explain to the group who were trying to take down a plaque with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's name on it.

Ram Chandra Yadav, 71, was the father of a panchayat-level BJP leader, Tej Narayan Yadav.

Ramchandra Yadav was reportedly attacked by 40-50 men who came on motorcycles and were armed with hockey sticks and swords. "My father went to them to explain the situation over naming the chowk after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but was beheaded".

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Bihar Deputy CM, Sushil Modi, also denied the reports saying the man was killed for naming Modi Chawk as totally false.

He added that the attackers were upset that there was a Modi square in a place considered to be an RJD stronghold. "When we protested, they said that the RJD's victory in bypolls to one Lok Sabha and an assembly seat marked their party's resurgence and hence they wanted to rename the square after Lalu Prasad", Yadav had alleged.

"The murder was perpetrated because the victim and his son refused to change the name of the site to anything other than what it is - Narendra Modi Chowk", said Nityanand Rai to The New Indian Express over phone from the village. "The RJD supporters went away after we resolutely opposed them".

The police had said they were not aware of any dispute over naming of the square.

Local BJP workers in the district staged a demonstration in protest against the killing, blocking road traffic for close to an hour.