Two unidentified men killed the owner of a provision store in Sector 22 and injured his brother and a servant, here on Thursday night.
Police said the two men, who came on foot and remained unidentified, struck at Raj Provision Store around 11.15pm, when owners Kailash Kumar alias Raj (47) and his brother Madan Lal (46) were busy tallying the accounts and gathering the cash before calling it a day. Their servant, Tilak (48), was standing by.
As the brothers resisted and got into a scuffle with them over a possible robbery attempt, the men shot at Kailash and Tilak, and stabbed Madan. While Kailash was declared dead on arrival at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Madan was stated to be in a serious condition at the same hospital, and Tilak was admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16.
It was Madan who managed to call the police and also informed the family, who live nearby in the same locality. Madan's wife reportedly told the police at the PGI that cash was strewn all over the spot when she reached there.
The police could not tell if any cash or valuables were stolen, as the attackers apparently left hurriedly. There was Rs 25,000 in cash lying in the store, said the police, which led some officers to suggest that the attack could have been more than an attempted robbery.
The assailants left a 32-bore pistol and a dagger behind. Two bullet shells were recovered.
Panic gripped the area after the incident, as the store is in the back lane of the Sector-22 market, right opposite the houses. The market's front faces the Sector-17 Parade Ground.
Around 100 cops, including senior superintendent of police Naunihal Singh and deputy inspector general Alok Kumar, reached the spot. Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Satbir was named the chief investigator, who would lead a special team of the crime branch.