Members of North Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NBCCI) on Tuesday expressed anger over the attack on a trader, Deepak Kumar, alias Chotu (46), late on Monday night.
Deepak runs a hardware shop on Jawaharlal Road in the town.
Three motorcycle-borne criminals fired at Deepak near the Daudpur Kothi area under Barhampura police station when he was returning home after work.
Deepak suffered three bullet wounds in his back while he was driving a scooter. Soon after he was shot, Deepak fell down and was later admitted to a private nursing home.
Residents of the area raised an alarm after hearing the gunshots. However, the criminals managed to flee under the cover of darkness after the incident. An FIR has been lodged with the Barhampura police station in this connection.
Deputy superintendent of police (city) Bacha Singh said he had inspected the site where Deepak was shot and has initiated a manhunt to arrest the attackers.
The DSP said the criminals were waiting for Deepak to loot him. The doctors, who operated upon the trader, removed the bullets from his back. Amit Kumar, a relative of the injured trader, said Deepak’s condition was gradually improving.
The Barhampura police recorded the statement of Deepak on Tuesday morning and immediately swung into action.
The chairman of NBCCI, Motilal Chaparai, along with a host of office-bearers of the organisation and other businessmen, visited the hospital to inquire about Deepak’s condition.
Expressing anguish over the deteriorating law and order, Chaparai said gangsters were again targeting the traders. The NBCCI chairman threatened to take out a demonstration against the failure of the police while dealing with criminals, who according to him are “calling the shots in the commercial town”. The DSP said patrolling in the business hub has been intensified.