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3 dead in trigger-happy capital

JMM central committee youth wing’s secretary Munna Chetan Kachhap succumbed to bullet injuries at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Thursday.

His death is among the four shooting incidents that took place in seven days in Ranchi, in which three persons have died and an equal number injured. No arrests have been made in any of the cases, proving the capital is fast turning into a safe haven for gunmen.

The 32-year-old JMM leader was shot at on Wednesday night around 9pm. “Kacchap was attacked when he was getting down from his SUV outside his home at Khatanga village in Sadar police station area,” said one his friends, who escaped unhurt.

The victim, along with six friends, was returning from a wedding reception. A lone shooter, hiding behind a wall, opened fire.

Apart from Kachhap who took three bullets in his waist, Vijay Kumar and Shekhar Kumar — both teachers at a city school — fell prey to the attack.

A bullet hit Vijay on his back, while Shekhar received one on his stomach. The attacker escaped. All the injured were admitted to RIMS, where Kachhap died and the two others are undergoing treatment.

On January 19 night, two gun attacks took place in Doranda thana area.

A fish vendor, Mahesh Sahni (30), died at Ghaghra around 9pm. The victim was cycling his way back home at Dwarkapuri from Namkum Bazar, when seven men accosted him. “Mahesh was killed, about 500m from his house when he tried to resist a robbery attempt by the seven,” the victim’s brother Dinesh Sahni told police.

In the other incident, a tent house worker, Ravi Kumar (25), was shot at near AG More. In this case too, the victim was returning home at Mani Tola from Hinoo on his scooter when a bullet of an as-yet unidentified gunman pierced his back. Kumar is stated to be critical at RIMS.

On January 17, three criminals shot dead a Deoghar-based para-teacher on platform No. 4 of Ranchi station.

The incident took place around 4.30am when Prem Chand alias Phool Kumar (32) alighted from Dumka-Ranchi Intercity Express. He had boarded the train from Jasidih on January 16 and had arrived in the capital for personal work.

When contacted, SP (city) Manoj Ratan said that the four incidents were not inter-related and the shooters were all different in all the cases.

“The killing of the fish vendor at Ghaghra was a fallout of a robbery, while the attack on the tent house worker AG More was a case of mistaken identity,” Ratan said. He added the teacher lost his life over a money dispute and Wednesday’s attack was the outcome of a love triangle.

Ratan claimed arrests would be made soon.


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