Murder has become the order of the day in suburban Ranchi.
Three killings have been reported in five days, with the latest victim being shot dead in Nagri, on the outskirts of the capital, on Monday morning.
Two unidentified men on a bike targeted night guard Sylvestor Tirkey at Nachiyatu, 18km from the capital, around 7.30am when the 45-year-old resident of Tumba Toli was on his way to the market. Tirkey took four bullets on his temple, left leg, waist and hip.
A murder case has been registered against two persons on the statement of the victim’s elder brother. No one has been arrested so far.
Nagri OC Rajesh Kumar said Tirkey’s body had been handed over to family members after post-mortem at RIMS. He is survived by two wives and seven children.
A local resident claimed that the guard had feared fatal assault and even sought police cover a year ago.
“On February 5, 2013, four criminals had attacked his house. He was a contractor then and had refused to cough up levy. With the help of villagers, he had settled scores with two extortionists too. Ever since he had been jumpy. He sought security, but police did not take him seriously. Now, he was shot dead in broad daylight,” the resident said.
Gun assaults like the one on Monday have shifted the probe lens on contract killing, which seems to be on the rise in and around Ranchi.
Two men on a bike had shot dead land broker Lal Ashok Nath Shahdeo (40) near Tupudana Chowk around 9.45pm on June 18. His friend who had rushed to help had also been wounded.
On June 20, again two men on a motorcycle gunned down land broker Kundan at Mukti Sharan Lane in Lalpur area of the city around 9.30pm.
While sources in the police hinted at the role of professional shooters, SSP Prabhat Kumar reserved his comments on the matter. “It is too early to say that all these murders involved contract killers. We have stepped up vigil. The culprits will be arrested soon,” he said.