The firing that led to the killing of car dealer Goldy Bagga in MP Nagar, the main business hub of the State capital, shows not just the growing lawlessness but also the increasing use of firearms in Bhopal.
The incident reminded the residents of similar firing in which an IAS officer’s husband was shot at barely 100 meters from here in MP Nagar, last year over a dispute involving ownership of a shop.
In today’s incident, assailants fired multiple shots in the midst of the crowded area and then escaped. The spot where the incident occurred is not far from MP Nagar police station.
When senior officials reached the spot, there was a strong mob. There were bloodstains on the road though the assailants had managed to escape.
Clearly, there is growing audacity among lawbreakers and guns are more often being used to settle personal disputes.
Just on Wednesday, when two groups clashed near Old Vidhan Sabha, the police found a revolver and cartridge on the spot after the assailants escaped.
Just a few weeks ago, a group of assailants had fired gunshots in Arera Colony, while trying to vacate a house where youths hailing from Morena were living.
In fact, there have been a host of such incidents the whole year beginning from the first week of January when IAS officer GP Kabirpanthi’s sons were booked for firing at a youth in Tulsi Nagar.
Among other incidents, Kanta Prasad Parmar, a forest employee, was shot dead in Ratibad on April 26. Till date the police have failed to catch the culprits who shot him.
Besides, a trader was shot at in Jumerati sometime ago.
In this case, extortionists who wanted Rs 5 lakh from him had fired at him though no one was injured in the incident.
Among other incidents, a man had opened fire in Aishbagh over a property dispute in Aishbagh on March 30.
The incident had occurred at a stamp vendor’s shop. GOLDY TALKED of death in the last message he shared on Facebook.
The last update on Goldy Bagga’s Facebook timeline was a message which he had shared.
Ironically, it was about death.
The message was about death being unpredictable and coming anywhere. ‘Badi ajeeb see hai maut bhi, kabhi kabhi us jagah par mil jati hai jahaan aksar log zindagi ke liye prarthana karne jate hain’.
The message written in devanagari script was seemingly in context with the Uttarakhand tragedy.