A day after two youth armed with a.32-bore pistol and a knife shot a shop owner and injured his brother and their helper in the Sector 22 market on Thursday night, a team from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory examined the scene of crime and collected samples of the blood splattered on the spot.
The pistol, knife and cartridges used in the crime, along with the blood samples, have been handed over to the investigating officer of the case.
On the directions of the Chandigarh SSP, a special investigation team under the supervision of DSP (crime) Satbir has been constituted to look into the case. The police have announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for anyone who provides information about the assailants. The name of the informer will be kept confidential.
In an effort to identify the two assailants, the police also examined the CCTV cameras installed at the Aroma light point, the ISBT-17 roundabout, the Sector 22-23 light point and Kisan Bhawan.
Kailash Chand was killed on the spot in the attack. His brother Madan Lal and helper Tilak Raj, who had been working at the shop for over 30 years, are admitted at the PGI with serious injuries.
A case under sections 302 (murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 397 (robbery), 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and sections 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered on a complaint by Madan Lal.
The police are exploring the angles of enmity and robbery. SP (city) Des Raj said, "We have got some important clues and are working on them. We will soon be able to nab the assailants."
DSP (crime) Satbir did not give further details, saying it could interfere with the investigations.
The police prepared a draft of the incident with the entire sequence of events. They recovered three cartridges, including a live one, and a magazine from the spot. They are checking paying guest accommodations in the vicinity to gather clues about the assailants. The beat staff have been entrusted the task of checking the records of drug addicts in Sector 22.
Madan Lal told the police that one of the assailants was dark and the other wheatish in complexion.
Police sources said Madan Lal jumped over the counter and caught hold of the youth who had snatched his brother's chain. At this, the other youth stabbed Madan Lal. Before escaping, the assailant who had tried to snatch the gold chain shot at Kailash Chand and his helper.
The body has been handed over to the family after post-mortem examination. As per the post-mortem report, the bullet had pierced Kailash Chand's heart, resulting in his death.