Unidentified persons on Friday morning entered a shop in the busy Subhash Nagar Chowk area of the city, choked its owner with a plastic rope, stabbed him multiple times and then robbed the shop of Rs 5 lakh. The victim, 32-year-old Sukhjinder Singh, succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.
Nobody came to know when the incident took place, though the shop of the deceased, who is survived by his wife and two children, is located in a busy area of the city.
The attackers, the police said, might have followed the victim and committed the crime as Sukhjinder entered the shop. The deceased was a currency exchanger.
The police said that it was only when Pappu Bedi, the owner of a neighbouring shop, came to greet the victim that the crime came to light. Bedi told the police that Sukhjinder was bleeding profusely and was in a semi-conscious condition. "I raised an alarm and informed other shopkeepers. We rushed him to hospital but he succumbed on the way. The doctors declared him brought dead," Pappu said.
Apart from the police, deputy commissioner of police Gurpreet Singh Toor and CIA staff too visited the scene of crime.
DCP Toor said though the police suspected robbery, the case was being investigated from all angles as the killers had assaulted him on the head and also strangled him with an intention to kill. "Personal rivalry has not been ruled out," he said.
The police will also be using technology to gather clues in the case. "We will seek help from CCTV's installed in a sweet shop near the shop of the victim," the DCP said.
"In the CCTV, we saw two cars parked outside the shop before Sukhjinder arrived. We, however, have not been able to figure the numbers of people in the car as there was only one man visible in the video footage," DCP Toor added.
Wife had asked him to stay back
Life played a cruel joke on siblings Ajay Partap Singh and Gur Partap Singh, the two sons of Sukhinder Singh, who was murdered and robbed of Rs five lakh by unidentified persons on Friday morning.
As Sukjinder Singh was about to leave for work, his wife had asked him to stay back as the family had to attend a function later in the day. But Sukhjinder had to come to work with the money and had promised that he would join her later. He, however, never returned.
As the news spread, PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and police commissioner Ishwar Singh also visited the house of the victim later in the evening. The police commissioner has assured the family members of solving the case at the earliest.