An accountant working for a Chandigarh businessman is battling for life after unidentified assailants fired at him and allegedly snatched his bag containing Rs 4.4 lakh in Sector 12 of Panchkula on Wednesday afternoon.
Brij Mohan Rana (25), a native of Uttrakhand, is employed with Hari Om Goyal, owner of Delhi Loha Bhandar in Sector 29 of Chandigarh, for the last two years.
Goyal had sent Rana to draw cash from ICICI branch in Sector 11 of Panchkula. Rana reached the Sector 12 residence of Goyal at about 1.15pm when he was fired upon while he was parking his motorcycle in a vacant plot adjoining Goyal's residence. The bullet hit him in the stomach.
One Alisha Setia, who rushed out after hearing the sound of gunshot, saw Rana falling down even as a car made a quick exit from the spot. She immediately informed the Goyals about the incident.
"We immediately took Rana to Sector 6 general hospital in Panchkula from where he was referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). He is being operated upon," said Hari Om Goyal. The bullet had got embedded in the spinal cord of Rana, it was learnt.
Asked why he did not inform police immediately, Goyal said that taking Rana to hospital was on his mind. Police reached the spot more than half an hour later. "Had we been informed, we could have cordoned off the area," said SHO of Sector 5 police station, Inspector Ajay Rana.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Parul Jain and Assistant Commissioner of Police Dheeraj Setia also visited the spot.
"Strong steps are needed from the police to stop robberies. All the markets should have maximum number of CCTV cameras and such cameras should be installed on crossings of Panchkula as well," said Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of resident welfare association of Sector 12, Panchkula.