Three Arrested in the April 11 Murder of the Drug Store Owner

Patna SSP Manu Maharaj holding a press conference following the arrest of three men in the murder of a drug shop owner.

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Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday arrested three men in connection with the April 11 murder of local drug store owner Anil Agrawal after a robbery attempt went awry on B.M.Das Road under Pirbahore police station.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj, at a press conference, said the killers were apprehended after being identified on CC camera footage in the area.

The three men were identified as Rupesh Kumar, Chhotu, and Jitendra Singh. Two other men who were identified only as Rakesh and Mukesh were said to be absconding.

40-year old Agrawal was gunned down last Monday morning.

The SSP said all five accused in the case had monitored activities of Agrawal for the last four months before putting their plan into action. On April 11, Rupesh, Chhotu, and Jitendra ambushed Agrawal as soon as he opened his shop near Govind Mitra Road. One of them pulled a gun and shot Agrawal from a close range. They then tried to open the cash register but failed to do so. When panic of being caught by the passers-by ensued, they escaped on the getaway motorcycle being driven by Rakesh and Mukesh, he said.

Agrawal was rushed to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where he was declared dead on arrival.

Attempts are being made to arrest the two absconding criminals, the SSP said.

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