A middle-aged man was shot dead and his 11-year-old daughter seriously injured as they tried to foil a robbery attempt.
The incident occurred at Natthupur under Beur police station, about 3km south of Patna, in the early hours on Sunday. Iron grill mechanic Manoj Kumar Sharma, 40, the sole earning member of his family, died on the spot while his daughter Archana Sharma was rushed to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). She is said to be in a critical state.
Around 1am, a group of criminals first entered the house of one Revati Raman, Sharma’s neighbour, who is an agent with a private insurance company. Raman was not at home and his son Anand Prakash, his two daughters and other relatives were assaulted. The robbers looted cash and ornaments worth about Rs 45,000.
After the loot at Raman’s house, two members of the gang stood guard to prevent the family from raising an alarm, while other members entered the under-construction house of Sharma. The criminals asked Sharma to hand over all the money and ornaments. When he resisted the attempt, one of the robbers fired at him from close range.
Sharma’s 11-year-old daughter Archana suffered serious injuries when she tried to protect her father. The police said a bullet hit Archana on her back. The criminals took away a gold chain and the earrings of Sharma’s wife.
The neighbours rushed to the spot on hearing the gunshots. They took Sharma and Archana to PMCH where the doctors declared him brought dead. Senior police officers, including Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj, reached the spot around 2.30am and inquired about the incident. Sharma’s 10-year-old son Vicky narrated the incident to the officers, who assured the aggrieved family of arresting the assailants at the earliest.
“Sir, my father tried to convince them (the criminals) that he did not have money. But they did not believe him and kept on demanding money and jewellery. When the robbers tried to snatch the gold chain and earrings from my mother, he resisted the attempt and they shot fim,” a police officer quoted Vicky as saying.
Deputy superintendent of police (Phulwari) Rakesh Kumar Dubey said the case is being probed from all angles. “The deceased (Sharma) was a mechanic. His economic condition was not good at all. It needs proper investigation as to why the criminals attacked him despite the latter explaining his financial condition to them,” he said.