Three shootings, one on Thursday morning and the other two the night before, killed one person and injured two in capital Ranchi where trigger-happy goons seem to be having a field day.
What's more telling is that police have no clue about the reasons behind the attacks at Tatisilwai, Tupudana and Dhurwa on two real estate brokers, who are battling injuries, and a ganja-smoking auto rickshaw driver who died, save the stock explanation of "personal feud".
At 8am on Thursday, broker Sameer Baraik (28) was shot from behind by two men in a motorbike near Bishop Westcott Boys School under Tatisilwai police station area. He was returning to his home near Ara Gate on his bike after buying train tickets from Namkum railway station.
"Two men on a motorbike came from behind. The pillion rider shot at Sameer, who was injured in the back. He then called family members who rushed to the spot and first admitted him to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Then, they lodged a complaint with the police at 9.30am," said Tatisilwai OC R. P. Prasad.
Asked about possible motives, the OC pleaded ignorance. "Sameer is not mentioning names. Also, he is not saying anything about possible rivalry with anyone. So, we aren't in a position to point to a possible reason behind the attack. We have no suspect too," he added.
Another broker, Ajit Ekka (35), was shot at near Dusmile Chowk under Tupudana police station on Wednesday at 9pm when he was returning home at Dummile Chowk from Tupudana Chowk on his motorbike.
"Three men with their faces masked with cloth walked up to him and shot at him. The bullet grazed his left cheek and armpit, " Tupudana OC Sujit Rai said. "But, Ajit managed to reach home where his wife Mary Margret took him to RIMS in the village mukhiya Ram Pahan's car and then informed the police," he added.
An FIR was lodged on Wednesday on the basis of Ajit's statement. But Rai admitted the police have nowhere to begin investigations as Ajit wasn't saying anything.
In the third instance of shooting, at Bans Kocha under Dhurwa police station area at 10pm on Wednesday, auto-rickshaw driver Satyendra Sahu (45) was killed.
"Satyendra was shot in the neck. It was the result of some dispute between him and his friends who were all smoking marijuana in a house at Bans Kocha. We have recovered a country made pistol and marijuana from the house," said Dhurwa OC Harischand Singh, but added he couldn't provide any other details.
"No one has been arrested, so it is difficult to say anything further. A murder case has been registered and investigations are on," he explained.
A locality resident said the police reached the spot after hearing about the shooting and found Satyendra lying motionless. They took him to RIMS where doctors declared him brought dead.