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Anti-drug crusader shot at

A 38-year-old man running a campaign against drug dealers in his locality was shot at while returning home after putting his son on his school bus on Narkeldanga Main Road on Tuesday morning.

The bullet grazed the left thigh of Surinder Pal Singh, who chased his attackers around 50 metres before slumping on the ground, police said. He was admitted to RG Kar hospital with ruptured muscles and torn ligaments.

“The man was attacked from behind. He has identified five youths and given us their names. It seems the bullet was fired from a one-shot revolver. Maybe because of the recoil, the shooter failed to take the kill shot and hit his leg,” said an officer of the Narkeldanga police station. No one was arrested till late on Tuesday.

Pal told Metro the youths belong to a gang of drug dealers active in the area.

“This is the third time I was attacked in the past six months. I was earlier attacked with choppers and iron rods,” said Pal, who rents out cars and goods vehicles.

“I and some local youths have been trying to bust the drug racket by running a campaign against them. Perhaps this is the reason why I was attacked. I had approached police earlier but no action was initiated,” said Pal.

The incident triggered panic in the locality on Tuesday morning with many shops keeping their shutters down.

“On my way to the local park I heard a gunshot. Looking back I saw Pal crouching on the ground and five youths standing at a distance. One of them was holding a gun. When bystanders and Pal chased them, the youths fled the spot,” said Ramsharan Shaw.