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Trader shot dead at Sakchi, another kin injured, Rs 50,000 looted

Police scan CCTV footage

Jamshedpur , April 30 : A 34-year-old trader was killed and his 35-year-old cousin was seriously injured as three bike-borne criminals launched a gun-shot attack on them near ShitalaMandir under Sakchipolice station area late last night.
The murder victim was identified as Mohammed Sakir, a resident of Old Purulia Road in Mango where as the injured was identified as KawarIqbal, a resident of Mohammedan Line at Sakchi.

Sakir was a whole-sale trader of `biri’ where as Kamar has a whole-sale business of tobacco. The attackers also took away a bag containing Rs 50,000 from the bike’s handle.

Sakir who was a whole-sale `biri’ trader had come to Kamar’s shop at about 9.30 pm. Sakir who was on way to drop Kamar at his house on Mohammedan Line at Sakchi moved toward ShitalaMandir for taking a turn for the right to go toward Mohammedan Line. But as he was negotiating the turning, three bike-borne criminals appeared from the left and intercepted the victims’ bike.

“As soon as Sakir stopped the bike, one of the pillion riders fired three shots at Sakir from close range, causing him to fall down from the bike. ,” said OC, SakchithanaMadan Kumar Sharma.Soon some local people rushed the two to MGM Medical College Hospital.

Senior SP, Anoop Birthray immediately rushed the duo to Tata Main Hospital, where the doctors on emergency duty declared Sakir as brought dead.

Superintendent of police (city) Prabhat Kumar said that they were investigating the incident. He said they are trying to identify them by means of CCTV camera footage.
“We are also not clear whether the criminals committed the murder for the sake of loot of money or there was enmity with Sakir. As they had directly shot at Sakir after abusing him, something which is not seen in a case of loot,” said Kumar.

The city SP said the criminals could have also fired at the vital part of Kamar, but they did so only when he resisted their act of looting the case.

A police officer said that from the CCTV footage it was clear the three bike-borne criminals had carried out recce of the area and were waiting for the two to pass through the area which had very thin traffic around the time the incident took place.

The tobacco dealers at Sakchi market have kept their shops’ shutters down in protest of last night firing near ShitlaMandir.

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