A young businessman of Hazaribagh was killed and his friend, sitting with him inside the latter’s car, was seriously injured when bullets were fired at them in the posh locality of Pugmil in Hazaribagh 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.
The incident, which shocked the city for the blatant violence in a crowded area, occurred just a kilometre from Sadar thana.
Khan, sent to Apollo Hospitals, Ranchi, regained consciousness on Tuesday evening.
In his statement to the police, 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 possible 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 actual trigger behind the gunshot attack on Monday 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 a critically injured Khan referred to Ranchi for better treatment.
Besides the mall that Khan mentioned in his statement, the locality has other landmarks such as an NTPC office, homes of CPI state secretary and former MP Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Mehta and former minister of Undivided Bihar H.H. Rahman.