Police in eastern India were searching for owners of an illegal alcohol still who allegedly chopped off the hand of a man who asked for 200 rupees (3.6 dollars) owed to him, an officer said.
The incident occurred in Jharkhand state’s Garhwa district when the villager Aliyaar Rajwar, who used to supply wood to the moonshiners, when he demanded the pending payment.
“He was owed 200 rupees for the wood he had supplied. But they beat him badly and later chopped off his hand,” district police chief Michael Raj said by telephone.
The victim, who was bleeding profusely and was hospitalized after the attack, complained to the police on Monday.
“The two accused are still on the run, we are trying to track them down,” Raj said.
Illicit liquor production is common across India with most villages having one or two illegal distilleries.