Cloth merchant and gunman shot dead in Nakodar
A ransom of 30 lakhs was demanded on November 1
Sultanpur Lodhi: A 39 years old cloth merchant is reported to have been shot dead by unidentified biker-borne miscreants for not paying a ransom of 30 lakhs, at Nakodar district Jalandhar.
According to information, cloth merchant Bhupinder Singh alias Timmy Chawla (39), son of Harminder Singh, resident of Adarsh Colony, Nakodar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at his shop near Royal Tower at around 8.30 pm last evening. Meanwhile, the gunman was also injured in this firing. As soon as the shots went off, there was an atmosphere of panic in the entire market. People closed their shops.
When the police received information about the firing, I. G. Gursharan Singh, S. S. P. Swarndeep Singh, D. S. P. Sarabjit Singh Bahia and D. S. P. Police from different police stations along with Harjinder Singh reached the spot and started investigation. Meanwhile, the police recovered some bullet shells from the spot.
The incident has created panic among the residents of the city and a question mark has also been raised on the police’s methodology that gangsters are roaming openly with weapons and the police are claiming that they have eradicated the gun culture.
It is pertinent to mention here that on November 1, gangster Inda demanded a ransom of 30 lakh rupees from the cloth merchant, after which the police provided a gunman to the cloth merchant and registered a case against gangster Inda, but despite this the cloth merchant has been shot dead.
Sources added that the cloth merchant had been getting phone calls from gangsters for the past two months seeking Rs 20 lakh as protection money from him. The victim had lodged a complaint with the police and the civil administration in this regard. He had even shared the numbers from which he had been getting calls and was provided a gunman for his security.
His gunman was also injured as he received a bullet injury.
This was the third killing of a police protectee in the last month, police have registered a case under Section 302 and other relevant sections of IPC and are conducting raids to nab the culprits.
Harminder Singh, the father of the deceased, told the media that the incident took place in front of him when he was closing the shop while his son was sitting in the car with the gunman.