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Criminals strike at will, three injured

December shockers

Dec. 21: 15-year-old Faizal Imtiyaz, a student of DBMS English School, was found murdered at Saldih village in Seraikela-Kharsawan. Three persons arrested

Dec. 20: Lakhan Singh (27) of Refugee Colony was shot at in Sidhgora

Dec. 20: A trader from Calcutta, Shyamsunder Agrawal, robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh near Tatanagar station

Dec. 17: A gang, posing as patients, decamp with cash and valuables over Rs 7 lakh from a doctor’s Sakchi house

Dec. 10: 46-year-old transporter Dalbir Singh, alias Birre, was murdered at Telco

Dec. 10: A 64-year-old former employee of UCIL, Muktipada Kachhap, was shot at and seriously injured in front of Tata Motors Hospital in Telco

Three persons were injured in separate attacks, two of them being gun assaults, in Jamshedpur since Monday night, marring the festive spirit and highlighting the lack of security for the common man.

While two motorcycle-borne men shot at 32-year-old Amit Agrawal, who owns a grocery shop in Golmuri, when he resisted their robbery attempt around 10.30pm on Monday, truck driver Satpal Singh (45) was seriously wounded by a bike gang in a shooting attack in Burmamines around 11pm.

Police believe that the same gang was involved in both cases.

Golmuri witnessed yet another assault on Tuesday morning when a local goon bashed up teenager Subham Singh. Subham’s condition is stated to be serious.

According to sources, Agrawal, after shutting his shop at Golmuri market place around 9.30pm, went to a Tinplate hotel on his scooter to have dinner. After finishing his meal, he started towards Sidhgora when two men on a bike intercepted him and asked him to hand over his wallet.

When the trader refused to do their bidding, one of the men fished out a pistol and shot five times at Agrawal. However, only two shots hit the trader. The men took out his wallet and fled with Rs 1,300.

“It’s a case of shooting. The trader was carrying only Rs 1,300 that the criminals took away. It appears that the two men had been following the trader and had done a recce before the gun attack. We have sealed the entire city to prevent them from escaping,” said officer-in-charge of Golmuri Nehaluddin Khan.

Police found five empty cartridges at the spot.

Sources at Tata Main Hospital said a bullet was still lodged in Agrawal’s lower abdomen and he was being operated upon.

The Burmamines attack followed in half an hour. Truck driver Satpal Singh was on his way to Telco through Tube Company Road when two men, again on a bike, stopped him a little distance from the company gate and asked him to remove his cap and give his name.

“An altercation followed when Singh refused to answer their queries. One of the criminals shot at the driver from close range,” said officer-in-charge of Burmamines police station Nand Kishore Prasad.

Singh, who got hit on his armpit, was also rushed to Tata Main Hospital, where he is said to be out of danger.

In the third incident, 19-year-old youth Subham paid the price for helping an acquaintance get a room on rent in Golmuri. Local thug Uday Chaudhary felt that the teenager had undermined his supremacy by not informing him.

On Tuesday morning, Chaudhary and his aides arrived in the locality in an SUV and beat up Subham with iron rods and pistol butt near his Cable Town residence. Subham would have died, but for the local residents who chased away the attackers by pelting stones at them. The teen was rushed to MGM Medical College and Hospital.

Senior superintendent of police Amol V. Homkar linked the shooting cases to the same gang. “From preliminary investigations, it appeared that the same gang was involved in both cases,” he said.

Asked about the deteriorating law and order situation in the district, the senior police officer said some people were deliberately trying to disrupt peace.

“We are trying our best to keep the city crime-free, but sadly, incidents like gun attacks and snatchings keep taking place,” Homkar admitted.