A shopkeeper was shot dead, while his brother suffered injuries after another shop owner, along with his two sons, fired five gunshots at them in a busy Kharar market on the Kharar-Landran road on Friday.
The incident, which created panic in the market, took place around 6.30 pm.
The victim Sanjeev Kumar, 32, and his brother Vijay Kumar, 36, were at their Kharar-based grocery shop, near Punjab National Bank, when the accused, who own a mobile shop near the victim's shop, came to their shop and exchanged heated arguments. Following this, they fired five rounds of shots from a .32-bore revolver, killing Sanjeev on the spot. Soon after the incident, all shops in the market were closed.
Kharar deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Raj Balwinder Singh Mrar said accused Babu Ram, along with his two sons, came to Sanjeev's shop from whom they had bought a plot some months back. Despite insisting them to get the plot registered, the victim was neither doing it nor returning the money to the accused. On Friday evening, they had heated arguments, which led to the firing.
Sanjeev, who is resident of Sector 67 in SAS Nagar, suffered three bullet injuries in the chest and was rushed to the Kharar civil hospital where he was dead on arrival. Vijay received a shot in both his arm while trying to save his brother and was rushed to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.
Sanjeev is survived by his wife and a four-year-old daughter.
Station house officer (SHO) Vijay Kumar said, "We are investigating into the matter and will arrest the accused soon. The body of the deceased will be handed over to the kin after a post-mortem examination."
The SHO said the police have registered a case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Babu Ram and others and teams had been dispatched to the arrest the accused.
Speaking to HT, an eyewitness said, "It all happened in minutes. We heard gunshots, which created panic on the busy road. Immediately, all shops were closed and the accused fled the scene."
Firing incidents in the past
February 27, 2013: Advocate Amarpreet Singh shot dead at Phase 3-A, while his cousin and a friend injured. Nine persons booked, of which four arrested
September 27, 2012: Drunken head constable Nissan Singh booked for firing three gunshots in the air from his official weapon in Phase 7
September 5, 2012: Following a minor argument among two groups in Phase-5 market, four gunshots fired. Madanpura resident sustains minor injuries
August 8, 2012: A man and his two sons, residents of Phase 6, arrested for open firing
August 23, 2012: Two gunshots fired over parking of vehicles. Accused Jatinderjit Singh of Phase 6 arrested.
August 28, 2012: Sukhpreet Singh of Phase 5 arrested for firing three gunshots in the air following argument with neighbours
July 10, 2012: Prabhjeet Singh, a former student leader of SOPU, receives a gunshot wound in an attack by members of a rival student' organisation at Sector 69. All accused arrested
June 20, 2012: Pankaj and Jaswinder sustain minor injuries as rivals shot at them at Sector 69. Accused nabbed
February 7, 2012: SOPU supporters had a narrow escape when PUSU supporters fired five shots near a restaurant in the Phase-7 market. The gunshots hit two cars. All accused arrested.