One person was injured when two miscreants opened fire at the owner of a cattle feed shop on Ambala-Jagadhri road under Mahesh Nagar police station here on Wednesday.
The incident occurred despite presence of two cops who were there to provide security to the shop owner, Himanshu Gupta.
Parveen alias Rinku (20), who worked at the shop, has sustained bullet injuries on his left leg and admitted to the Cantonment civil hospital. He is stated to be out of danger.
Earlier on February 8, miscreants had fired at three cattle feed businessmen near their home and injured them. The victims were returning home on a two-wheeler after closing their shop in Anaaj Mandi.
Locals said that 'Sham Khal Bhandar' owner Hinamshu Gupta had last week received a phone call and the caller had sought `20 lakh from him. Gupta lodged a complaint at the Mahesh Nagar police station, following which he was provided the security cover.
At the time of the firing, Himanshu was away and his father Jag Mohan Garg and two workers were at the shop.
The two assailants had come on a motorcycle and escaped after firing at the shop, giving little chance to the cops to react.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Surinder Pal Singh and senior police officers visited the spot and a manhunt has been launched.
The DCP said that head constable Satnam Singh and ASI Gursharan Singh, who were on security duty at the shop, have been suspended for dereliction of duty. He added that four teams had been formed to nab the culprits.
Flaying the government for deteriorating law and order situation, MLA Anil Vij, who visited the hospital to enquire about the health of the injured, said that residents were under a fear psychosis and the police were slack.