In second incident of gang war within a week, unidentified persons dressed as women, opened fired outside police-fortified court complex in Rohtak, killing one and injuring seven others in broad daylight on Tuesday.
Police said two assailants opened fired at history sheeter Ramesh Lohar when he was coming out of the court with his accomplices after attending the hearing of a Section 307 (attempt to murder) trial against him.
While Lohar suffered a bullet injury in his leg, seven people around him became victim of indiscriminate firing. The assailants, however, managed to flee the spot after firing over 15 rounds of shots.
Victims included Lohar’s accomplice Sanjit Malik of Bhainswal village, who came in for his rescue and suffered several bullets. He was pronounced dead during treatment at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) while others admitted include Ramesh Nandal, Sundar Kumar, Manjeet Yadav, Vijay Kumar, Sonu and Deepak.
Rohtak superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Nain said an old enmity between Lohar and Naresh Kala, both residents of Rohtak’s Bohar village, is being suspected as the reason behind the shooting.
Nain added that CCTV footage is being checked to ascertain the identities of the assailants, who eyewitnesses said came on a motorcycle and had their faces covered and were wearing black salwar and kameez.
Few hours after the incident, the SP rejigged six station house officers (SHOs) in the district, shunting out inspector Ramesh from the Civil Lines police station, under which the court complex falls, as a possible fallout of lapses in the security.
This was the second incident of gang war outside court complex in Haryana within a week. Earlier on March 22, an ex-sarpanch, who was also a murder undertrial, was killed by shooters outside Jhajjar court complex when he was brought by the police for hearing.