Shop-owner Shot Dead in Patna; Cash Looted

Police investigate the killing of Raju Gupta, the owner of the shop in the picture.

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Patna: Armed criminals in Shiv Nagar area near New Bypass under Ram Krishna Nagar police station in Patna on Sunday night shot and killed a grocery store owner sparking a massive protest forcing police to use light force to control the angry crowd.

Raju Gupta, a grocery store owner, became the latest victim of crime in Patna on Sunday night.38-year old Raju Gupta, the owner of Raju Ji Kirana, was shot dead in the presence of three other employees of the store. After the shooting, the criminals grabbed the cash box and escaped.

Those present at the crime scene told the police that three men around 10:00 pm on Sunday night came on a motorcycle and without wasting a moment, opened fire on Gupta. The first bullet missed the show owner but the second one hit him that proved to be fatal. The criminals then grabbed the cash box and sped away on their motorbike.

Gupta was rushed to a nearby hospital that referred him to the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) where he was declared dead on arrival.

Enraged by the crime and the hospital's refusal to provide emergency medical care to Gupta, other shop owners and residents in the area blocked the New Bypass Road demanding the arrest of criminals and compensation for the family of the victim.

Authorities first tried to remove the blockade by asking the crowd to disperse but when that failed, police resorted to mild lathi charge and also brandished their firearms to scare off the crowd.

Police have recovered two empty shells from the crime scene. Attempts are also being made to obtain video surveillance footage present in the area, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said.


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