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‘Marked man’ survives gunshots, friend dies

A young businessman was killed and his friend, sitting with him inside the latter’s car, was injured when bullets rained on them in the posh locality of Pugmil in Hazaribagh, a kilometre from Sadar thana, at 10.05pm on Monday night.

Shammi Ahmad (32), who ran a business of battery inverters, died in the car after taking four bullets, but his financier friend Sajju Khan (34), who survived three shots, might have been the intended victim.

Khan, sent to Apollo Hospitals, Ranchi, regained consciousness on Tuesday evening.

In his statement, Khan said: “Lalu Khan, Kalu Khan (brothers) and one Ishtiyaq started following my car on a bike starting from Indrapuri Cinema. I was forced to stop the car a few metres away from a mall (Vishal Megamart, Kallu Chowk) in Pugmil. They came close and started firing.”

Though sources said government employee Kalu and property dealer Lalu were in police custody, sadar inspector Shamshad Shamshi refused to divulge much. “We have rounded up two persons and grilling is on. We are keeping in mind all angles, speaking to neighbours and acquaintances of the duo. We will crack the case soon,” he said.

Ahmad’s friends said the deceased had a “clean image”.

His friend Khan, who financed vehicles had strained relationships with many persons, including Lalu.

Lalu had business relations with Khan, which soured last year. Both parted ways. But the motive behind the gunshot attack has not yet been established.

According to police, Ahmad and Khan were returning home in Pugmil itself, when they were attacked on Chatra-Hazaribagh road of the same locality. Bystanders called the police who found the two men slumped inside the car in a pool of blood.

Police rushed the duo to Sadar Hospital where Ahmad was declared brought dead and Khan referred to Ranchi for treatment.

Besides the mall that Khan mentioned in his statement, the locality has landmarks such as an NTPC office, homes of CPI state secretary and former MP Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Mehta and former minister of Bihar H.H. Rahman.

Has Hazaribagh’s law and order worsened ?


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