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Bullet wounds wrong target

A 17-year-old boy, studying at at home in a Jamshedpur locality, ended up with a bloodied nose when two bike-borne men opened fire through a window late on Sunday night in a rerun of a similar attack that took place in September 2012.

Javed Hussain, a Class X student of Kerala Public School who underwent an operation at Tata Main Hospital on Monday for removing the pellet from his nose, was a victim of mistaken identity as the assailants were after his father Mohammed Aslam, a wholesale trader who had earlier been targeted by the same people for raangdari. Aslam, who has a bangle shop in Sakchi market, lodged an FIR against Chhota Baccha (25) and another person, Mohammed Javed, alleging that the duo had fired at his house on Road No. 8 in Zakirnagar, Mango.

Police have picked up Mohammed Javed.

Aslam said that Javed was studying in his room around 12.30am when someone knocked on the grille gate. “The person asked whether I was in the house. Hussain said yes and rose to open the door when suddenly a bullet hit him in the nose. When the firing stopped, I quickly opened the door to find a tall, fair youth fleeing on a bike with another man. I recognised him as Chhota Baccha,” the businessman said.

Superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. and deputy superintendent of police (headquarters-1) Amit Kumar Singh visited the spot. Singh confirmed that the criminals had wanted to harm Aslam.

Aslam’s family admitted that Baccha had been after the businessman for money. “Baccha had demanded Rs 1 lakh from Aslam. When he refused to pay up, Baccha opened fire at Aslam’s house in September 2012,” a relative said.

Aslam lodged an FIR and Baccha, along with two associates, were arrested. He got bail six months ago.


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