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Couple hacked to death over 3 packs of biscuits

An Indian couple were hacked to death in an axe attack by a shopkeeper following an argument over an unpaid 22 cent bill for three packets of biscuits

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An Indian couple were hacked to death in an axe attack by a shopkeeper following an argument over an unpaid 22 cent bill for three packets of biscuits, the BBC reported. The savaged attack took place in Manipuri, in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. The man was repeatedly hit with the axe – while his wife was decapitated moments later.

Police said the impoverished couple - who were members of the Dalit community (formerly known as untouchables) - had approached the shopkeeper to tell him they needed to delay paying him for the biscuits until they received their daily wages later the same day when the argument broke out. They had taken the biscuits a few days earlier for their three children.

The man and the woman walked away from the grocer - named as Mishra - when he started shouting at them, a villager was quoted as telling The Indian Express newspaper.

“Mishra then ran to his house nearby and returned with an axe. He hacked Bharat repeatedly and then attacked Mamta who was trying to rescue her husband. The couple died on the spot,” the villager was quoted as saying.

The shopkeeper was arrested for the murder of the couple. But the Dalit community – who form the lowest rung of India’s caste hierarchy blocked streets in protest over Thursday’s attack.