A Ludhiana-based truck driver was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Grand Trunk (GT) road near Uksi Jattan village in Rajpura, on Thursday. The attackers also took away Rs 2,000 cash from his possession after killing him.
The deceased was identified as Surmukh Singh, a resident of Khatra village near Samrala town of Ludhiana district.
The incident took place at around 2 am when he stopped his truck at an isolated place to answer the nature’s call. He was heading towards Haridwar for the delivery of some consignment from Ludhiana.
The police confirmed that the assailants were on a car and shot the driver in his chest. It is learnt the injured driver informed the owner about the incident over mobile phone and urged him to save him, as his life was in danger. The body was handed over to the relatives after the postmortem.
A case has been registered under Sections 302 (murder), 397 (robbery, or dacoity, with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Rajpura Sadar police station. Howeverm no arrest has been made so far.
Station house officer (SHO) Harvinder Singh said the investigations were on to nab the culprits and it might be an incident of highway dacoity.