Patna: Making a mockery of the improved law and order situation in the state capital, armed criminals in Patna on late Saturday evening shot and killed the owner of iconic Pal Cake and Sweets on Dak Bungalow Road and escaped with an undetermined amount of cash.
The incident occurred around 7:45 pm on Frazer Road when 43-year old Purushottam Kumar, the owner of Pal Cake and Sweets and two other shops in Patna, was going from his home in Daldali area under Gandhi Maidan police station to his shop on Dak Bungalow crossing. As his motorcycle reached near Surya Apartments past Hotel Maurya, he was forced to pull over by four men on two motorcycles.
When Purushottam hesitated in handing over his money bag to them, one of them shot him in his chest from close range and after snatching the cash bag, disappeared in the cover of darkness before people in the area had a chance to stop them.
He was rushed to the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) where he was declared dead on arrival.
Senior police officials arrived at the crime scene where they found an empty cartridge. DSP Suresh Prasad said police were talking to eyewitnesses and were also preparing to look into the surveillance footage from the area.
Devastated family members said Purushottam did not have any known enemy and was not carrying any cash when he was going to his store.
Police are probing the matter from many angles.
The victim, the eldest of the three brothers, is survived by his wife, a 13-year-old son, and a 7-year-old daughter besides other family members.
Meanwhile, enraged businessmen blocked roads on Sunday morning demanding justice for the victim’s family. Blasting the district administration of failing to protect the citizens, they demanded Rs. 50 lakh for the family, a government job for a member of the family, and immediate arrest of Purushottam’s killers.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS