Two unidentified assailants gunned down a money changer near the Company Bagh Chowk in full public view on Friday even as a flag march was being conducted by police nearby.
The deceased identified as Anil Kumar Billa, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, was a Congress worker also owned a garment showroom on the old GT road near the civil hospital.
Police said the killing could be a result of some dispute over money. The enforcement directorate had last year conducted a raid on Billa’s premises after reports of alleged hawala transactions.
According to police, the assailants were known to Billa. The money changer was on way to his showroom in his Toyota Fortuner (PB-08 BW 8006) and as he reached the Allahabad Bank near the Company Bagh Chowk one of the attackers stepped into the vehicle. The duo had an argument following which the attacker fired two shots at Billa from his .312 bore revolver and hurriedly escaped.
The city police were holding a flag march from BMC Chowk to Namdev Chowk at that time.
Billa was rushed by cops to the civil hospital where he was declared dead by doctors.
Jalandhar police commissioner Arpit Shukla said the duo had a scuffle in the car. “The first bullet hit Billa’s temple. The second one pierced his neck,” said Shukla, adding that police have vital leads in the case.
Billa’s father Rajinder Kumar said the family didn’t have enmity with anyone. The body was handed over to the family after autopsy.
Earlier, local MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary along with several Congress leaders reached the civil hospital and condemned the killing. Billa’s brother Sunil is also a Congress worker.
Capt flays killing
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief on Friday flayed the killing of party’s worker in Jalandhar. In a statement here, Amarinder told the family members of the deceased that he (Capt) will ensure that justice was done and the culprits were punished.
Flaying the Punjab government, he said “lawlessness prevails in the state where criminals were having a free run.”