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Trader shot dead at Basistha

Guwahati, Nov. 29: A transporter, who was also a coal trader, was shot dead at Basistha Chariali today.

A police source said some pedestrians saw the victim lying unconscious by the roadside near Megha Plaza around 9.30pm and informed the police. “We immediately took him to the GMCH but the doctors declared him dead on arrival. There was a single bullet wound in his lower abdomen,” he added.

He said the deceased had been identified as Ajit Singh. He was in his late forties, hailed from Punjab and lived in an apartment in the Basistha area.

As news of the incident spread, Singh’s family members and friends gathered at the GMCH.

Senior superintendent of police (city) A.P. Tiwari said they had started investigations and were questioning some people who were present near the spot where Singh was found. “No one in the vicinity apparently heard any gunshot,” he added.

“Since there was no eyewitness nor did anybody hear a gunshot, we suspect he could have been killed elsewhere and the body was dumped at that spot,” the source said. The police are investigating into business rivalry and family dispute angles, he added.

A case has been registered under Section 302 IPC at Basistha police station. The autopsy will be conducted at the GMCH tomorrow.


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