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Firing after spat injures two

A spat between two business partners over money took an ugly turn on Monday evening when one of the men opened fire in a fit of rage, injuring the other’s father and sister.

Birendra Singh (55) and his 15-year-old daughter Kajal Kumari, residents of Mathura Khatal in the Dhurwa police station area of Ranchi, sustained splinter injuries and were taken to RIMS. The two were released late in the night.

Dhurwa police have lodged an FIR against the assailant, Mukesh Singh, who resides in the same locality, on the basis of Birendra’s statements.

“Birendra Singh approached us, accusing his neighbour Mukesh of attempting to kill him and his daughter. Later, we found out that Birendra’s son Manoj and Mukesh were friends and business partners, who fell out over a monetary dispute and fought yesterday (Monday), leading to the firing incident,” Dhurwa officer-in-charge Indra Mani Choudhary said.

According to a police officer, Mukesh and Manoj, in their mid-20s, are land dealers. Of late, the ties between the two had soured as Mukesh owed Manoj’s Rs 4 lakh and was reluctant to pay the money.

“On Holi evening, a drunk Manoj started dancing with a sword in front of Mukesh’ residence. This infuriated Mukesh and an altercation started. Family members of both Mukesh and Manoj rushed to intervene. But Manoj went after Mukesh’s brother, Guddu, with the sword,” the officer said.

Angry, Mukesh went inside his residence and came out with a single-shot countrymade firearm. He fired three rounds, injuring Birendra and Kajal.

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