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Bullets fly at guard

Jamshedpur, Oct. 4: Jairam Singh, the security inspector of Tata Main Hospital, was wounded when two motorbike-borne youths shot him near Parsi Temple in Bistupur about 6.15am.

A profusely bleeding Singh was rushed to Tata Main Hospital, where his condition remains critical. The 54-year-old received at least four gunshot injuries. Two persons were detained in this case.

On possible motives behind the attack, police sources said they were looking at a possible land dispute and at business interests involving Singh’s sons. The sources said Singh was one of the key witnesses in the Kalimati Road firing incident. Two persons were killed in that incident about three years ago.

The sources said two motorbike-borne youths shot Singh when he, along with his two grandchildren, was heading to Jubilee Park on foot. The incident took place not very far from Singh’s residence in Sakchi. As Singh reached Parsi Temple, the youths intercepted him and fired point blank.

East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Singh said Singh was shot in his abdomen, head and thigh. “The CT scan revealed three bullets stuck in his body. One of the bullets has been removed after operation. We have also found two live cartridges from the spot,” he added.

According to Singh, the motorbike — with a fake number plate — belonged to someone in Jadugoda.

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