Seven shots rang out at a wedding reception in this sooty city in eastern India, and Suresh Singh, India's "Coal King", fell fatally wounded.
He was a wealthy coal trader, a politician and, police say, a crime boss.
At the time of the shooting, Singh had 14 criminal charges against him, including one for homicide.
His career and murder are emblematic of one of India's most nagging economic problems: the corruption that cripples the crucial coal industry.
The shooting was the latest gangland killing between rival coal clans, both with the surname Singh.
They have fought for years to control rackets that prey upon the coal industry in the impoverished state of Jharkhand in eastern India, home to some of the nation's biggest mines.
The rackets include controlling unions and transport, manipulating coal auctions, extortion, bribery and outright theft of coal.
Popularly known as the "coal mafia," their tentacles even reach into state-run Coal India , the world's largest coal miner, its chairman told Reuters.
Text: Frank Jack Daniel and Matthias Williams, Reuters
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