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Victim says he can nail shooters

The two unidentified men, who shot at and injured a Delhi-based trader near Ghoda Chowk in Jugsalai on Saturday night, are believed to be in their mid-twenties and used a 7.65-calibre pistol in the attack.

DSP (law and order) B.N. Singh, who made the revelations on Sunday after meeting victim Ashwini Poddar (48) at Tata Main Hospital, added that the trader was stable.

Poddar, who was targeted by the bike-borne duo when he resisted a snatching attempt, has apparently told police that he could identify the duo if produced before him. “The pillion-rider, who shot at the victim, was taller than his companion,” the DSP quoted Poddar as saying.

“Based on the victim’s account, we are raiding criminal hideouts in Jugsalai, Burmamines, Bagbera and other parts of the city. We have also found a clue. After nabbing suspects and interrogating them, we will be able to solve the case,” Singh said, adding that commenting further on the matter might hamper the progress of investigations.

Around 9.30pm on Saturday, Poddar sustained two bullet injuries in his abdomen and left thigh.

The pellets were taken out in an operation on Sunday morning. Tata Main Hospital chief G. Ramdas said condition of the victim was stable, but critical.

“The pellets have been removed from his body. He is stable, but not out of danger,” Ramdas said.

Police sources said Poddar had gone to Jugsalai to visit a relative. He was waiting at Ghoda Chowk on Station Road for an auto-rickhaw that would take him to Tatanagar station.

That is when the two men on a bike tried to snatch away his briefcase, which contained nothing but clothes. When Poddar resisted, the pillion-rider shot at him twice, making him collapse.

The duo then lifted the briefcase and sped away. Passers-by rushed Poddar to Tata Main Hospital.

Informed about the shooting, a police party led by Jugsalai officer-in-charge Ashok Kumar Giri arrived on the spot, followed by DSP Singh.

The incident took place at a time when Station Road was bustling with commuters, but no one followed the criminals as they fled the scene.

At a little distance away, BJP’s state spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale was taking part in a road show to canvass for the party’s Lok Sabha candidate Bidyut Baran Mahto.


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