Manager of a leading bank’s recovery cell was critically injured after he suffered a gunshot in his head under mysterious circumstances at his Nirala Nagar residence in Hasanganj on Wednesday morning.
Brother of the injured alleged that the latter was shot at by unidentified assailants. But, the police quoted the victim stating that he suffered the gunshot accidentally. The police have taken the victim’s declaration (DD) on record but are were quizzing his friend who was reportedly present at the scene of the incident.
Narrating the sequence of events to HT Lucknow Live, Manoj Mishra of C-229, Nirala Nagar, said he heard a gunshot and his elder brother Satyendra Mishra (35) screaming for help, simultaneously, outside his house around 9.30 am. Manoj ran out to find his brother writhing in pain and lying on the lawn.
Seeing blood oozing out of Satyendra’s head, the latter’s friend Manoj Singh and Manoj Mishra rushed the injured to the KGMU Trauma centre.
It was after half-an-hour of the incident, Manoj Mishra informed the police about the shootout. The cops later visited Mishra’s house where Manoj handed him over .32 bore pistol and cartridges. Manoj said the weapon belonged to his brother for which the latter had no licence. The police, after carrying out the primary investigation and Manoj Singh, Manoj Mishra and Satyendra’s eight-year-old son Shivansh, claimed the man was sitting at his balcony on the rear side of the house along with Manoj Singh and Santosh in the morning.
The cops further suspected that the trio was examining the pistol when it went off accidentally causing critical injuries to Satyendra. The police also claimed Satyendra himself had accepted the same theory before the Additional City Magistrate.
However, the police theory or Satyendra’s statement did not match with the circumstantial evidence. Bloodstains were visible on the lawn while no blood was found at balcony, stairs or any other part of the house inside. Manoj Mishra said his brother was going to fetch an LPG cylinder on his Qualis when he was shot at right at the main entrance of the house.
Satyendra, his brother Manoj and son Shivansh were present in the house apart from his two friends—-Manoj Singh and Santosh. His wife had gone to Delhi a few days back.
The police were probing about Satyendra’s antecedents as his proximity with a don-turned MLA of Eastern UP and latter’s lieutenants was revealed in the course of police investigation. The cops would also interrogate Satyendra asto how he got the pistol. They were also quizzing Manoj Singh, who runs a business centre at IT crossing and had contested the civic polls recently.