Less than 24 hours after a man beheaded a college girl in Ranchi, another love story also went wrong.
Sanju Chakraborty, 30, shot and critically injured Nirjaya Dey, 20, a BA first-year student in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia town on Thursday. A police officer from Tinsukia, 491 km east of Guwahati, said the incident took place at 8:40am, when the victim was on her way to college for an exam.
“The man came in a car and fired at the girl from a 9mm pistol of the Chinese make. He then stepped out and shot himself in the head. Both were rushed to the Tinsukia civil hospital,” said the officer. The two were later shifted to the medical college in Dibrugarh. Chakraborty is said to be married and has a child.
What has alarmed officials was the unlicenced pistol Chakraborty wielded. A couple of days ago, the owner of a publishing house and his associates had attacked the house of another publisher in Guwahati with Chinese arms including AK-47s.
According to intelligence officials, China is one of the main sources of small arms for rebel groups active in the northeast. These weapons are offloaded to Maoists and Mafiosi groups elsewhere in India. Some are sold locally too.
“There is no evidence of Beijing being involved in an arms smuggling network, but the Chinese government’s support cannot be ruled out,” Assam ADGP Khagen Sarma said.
Jane’s Intelligence Review (a monthly journal on military intelligence) had in June 2008 said China replaced Cambodia and Thailand as the main supplier of weapons to insurgents in northeast and Myanmar.