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Goons kill man, go after eyewitness

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 00:09 IST

Old tussle for prime land reaches a bloody end

ARMED YOUTHS chase a man for 200 yards, catch hold of him, smash his head with a heavy object and shoot him to make sure he doesn’t survive. But, they see an eyewitness and run after him too….

It reads like a horrible clip from a Bollywood flick. No. It was a real-life incident which took place on the Sitapur Road on Monday in full public view.

The incident took place near Raghuvar Kripa Guesthouse at Khadra locality around 10.30 am. It was a busy traffic on the road. Property dealer Raj Kishore Tripathi alias Rajesh of Bharat Nagar, Madiaon, was supervising the work at a plot undergoing construction.

Meanwhile, about a dozen youths entered the plot and started issuing threats and hurling expletives at Tripathi. As the latter offered resistance two of the youths whipped out their firearms and aimed at the victim. Sensing trouble, Tripathi ran away from the place searching for a shelter.

Eyewitnesses revealed that they saw a gang of youths brandishing firearms and rods in their hands and chasing a hapless man screaming for help. Tripathi failed to beat the armed goons for long and entered in a building undergoing construction.

The hooligans reached there too and started hitting Tripathi brutally with rods.

They later picked up a heavy object being used in the construction work and crushed his face hitting the object repeatedly. As they were not satisfied with the attack, one of the youths shot Tripathi ensuring his death on the spot.

As the assailants were about to walk away from the scene of crime, they spotted the prime eyewitness. This witness was Mohsin, an LDA contractor who was getting the building constructed where murder took place. The armed youths pounced upon Mohsin too but the labourers working there came to the contractor’s rescue. Finding them outnumbered the assailants fled the scene later.  

It was later revealed that Tripathi had a dispute over the possession of the same plot with Rajiv Agrawal, Waqil Ahmed and his brothers Aqueel and Shaqil and Chand Babu of the same locality. Some Shia College student leaders and their aides were also issuing threats to Tripathi to withdraw latter’s possession from the plot.

Since it was a prime land on Sitapur Road and its value was estimated to several lakhs the land sharks were eying the same, the local residents said.

The cops reached the place later and took four Shia College students under custody for interrogation.