Victim Dhiraj Kumar Sinha at Tata Motors Hospital in Telco. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A young hotelier was shot at and robbed at the Govindpur level crossing in Jamshedpur’s Parsudih around Thursday midnight.
Subhasnagar resident Dhiraj Kumar Sinha (28), who took a bullet in the chest, is recuperating at Tata Motors Hospital. Police have detained two persons for interrogation.
The incident, which is a fresh pointer to the steel city’s deteriorating law and order, comes close on the heels of the fatal gun assault on senior executive of TML Drivelines Brajesh Sahay.
The 40-year-old was killed outside his home in Nildih, Telco, on February 22. Police and CID are yet to make headway in the case, spurring demands for a CBI probe.
On Thursday night, Sinha wrapped up business at his Govindpur restaurant and was on his way home when he was waylaid near the deserted level crossing.
In an informal statement to police, the youth said that three men intercepted his scooter and asked him to part with whatever cash he had on him. When Sinha tried to dodge them and speed away, one of the three fired four rounds.
While three bullets just grazed the victim’s legs, one hit him on the chest and he collapsed. The trio snatched his wallet, containing Rs 3,000 in cash, and fled the spot.
An injured Sinha managed to dial his brother from his cellphone.
The latter rushed to the spot and first took him to Govindpur thana outpost 2km away from where he was taken to hospital with police help.
Doctors, attending to the hotelier, said he was out of danger after the bullet trapped in his chest was removed by surgery on Friday morning.
Parsudih OC Dayanand Kumar said that though the case appeared to be one of road robbery gone wrong, the fact that Sinha’s assailants fired four rounds for a catch of just Rs 3,000 called for thorough investigations.
“No criminal would open fire for such a small amount. It may either be a case of mistaken identity or an act of desperation by drug addicts. It doesn’t look a simple case of road robbery. We are also not ruling out personal vendetta or business rivalry,” the officer said.
He added that they could eliminate these theories one by one after Sinha gave a formal statement. “For now, we have picked up two suspects. Since there were no eyewitnesses, we have to depend on identification by the victim. We will take the duo to hospital for the same.”
City SP Karthik S. and DSP (law and order) B.N. Singh have inspected the crime spot.