A 30-year-old man of Sector 38 was critically injured after a group of assailants opened fire at him outside Amar Hotel at Sector 22, here, on the night intervening Saturday and Sunday. The assailants fired two shots at the victim and one of the bullets had hit him in the stomach.
The injured has been identified as Deepak Saini, who runs a chemist shop in Dera Bassi. On the statement of the victim, the Sector 17 police have booked six people, four Zirakpur residents — Rocky, Ranjit, Manpreet and Lucky — and two unidentified for the crime. The victim alleged that the accused had been indulging in extortion.
Sector 17 station house officer Udaypal Singh said the incident took place at about 1.30am when Deepak was returning home with his girlfriend in his jeep after attending a party at Score discotheque in Sector 8. He said as per Saini, on the road dividing Sectors 22 and 17, a Verna car came in front of his jeep, while an Aveo car stopped behind his vehicle.
Saini told the police that Rocky, Ranjit, Manpreet and Lucky were in the Verna car, while two unidentified youths were in the Aveo car. He told the police that he had an altercation with the accused outside the discotheque earlier in the night. He said the accused started arguing with him and asked him to hand over the keys of the jeep to them. When he refused to do so, Deepak said, one of them opened fire at him twice. One of the bullets hit Deepak in the stomach. The assailants then escaped from the spot.
Deepak then drove his jeep up to Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where he underwent a surgery. He had also received an injury on his hand due to pellets.
As per the police, the accused and the victim were known to each other. Deepak said that the accused were demanding gold and other valuables from him and when he refused, they attacked him. Deepak told the police that the accused run a “welfare organization” and roam in a car fitted with a blue beacon to impress people and extort money.
Meanwhile, a case under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Sector 17 police station