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Friends shoot property dealer in booze binge

india Updated: Dec 24, 2011 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

In a shocking incident, a 30-year-old property dealer was shot dead at point-blank range by his friends on Thursday night.

It was a usual dinner meeting with friends that turned fatal for victim Manjit Kataria.

According to the police, the deceased was shot by his friends Devender alias Dholi and Kunvir alias Kunnu around 10.30pm during a drinking session in Sheetla Enclave.

The house belonged to Devender.

Surprisingly, the accused rushed their friend to the hospital but fled the spot after the doctor informed them about Kataria's death.

The police are yet to ascertain if Devender and Kunvir committed the murder together or if only one of them was involved. The two have been absconding since Thursday night.

"We were informed by the civil hospital after an hour and by that time, both Devender and Kunvir had fled," said investigating officer (IO) Sajjan Kumar of the Sector-5 police station, where an FIR was lodged by the family of the victim.

What is even more surprising for Kataria's family is that the three friends were on good terms and often went out together since they were all in the property business.

They did not seem to find anything amiss between them.

According to the post-mortem report, the victim died due to a gunshot which hit the base of his head from behind.

"The report shows that Kataria was hit from close range," said the police officer, adding that it was difficult to establish just as yet if the murder was pre-planned.

The police have registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and initiated further inquiry against the accused duo. The weapon used in the crime, a 9mm pistol, is yet to be recovered. According to the police, Devender had a licensed 9mm pistol and it is possible that he may have shot at Kataria.