Motorcycle-borne men gun down shop owner, injure father in Ludhiana

Father’s cousin booked for murder; monetary dispute stated to be the reason behind the crime
A grab of the closed-circuit television camera footage showing the assailants fleeing the spot after the attack in Janta Colony on Wednesday night.(HT PHOTO)
A grab of the closed-circuit television camera footage showing the assailants fleeing the spot after the attack in Janta Colony on Wednesday night.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2020 07:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By, Ludhiana

Two motorcycle-borne men shot dead a mobile phone shop owner, Girish Manocha, 29, and critically injured his father, Joginderpal Manocha, 60, at their house in Janta Colony on Rahon Road on Wednesday night.

Joginderpal took a bullet to his neck and is undergoing treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical.

As per information, Joginderpal’s cousin Rajinder was behind the attack. A monetary dispute is said to be the reason behind the crime. Police say the accused, who is now on the run, had allegedly hired contract killers and instructed them to kill Joginderpal and both his sons Girish Manocha and Munish Manocha.

As per information, two masked men knocked on the door of the Manochas’ residence on late Wednesday night. As soon as Joginderpal opened the door, the accused opened fire on him.He took two bullets and fell down on the floor. Girish, who was standing behind his father, tried to run to his room but the assailants shot him on his back. He succumbed to the bullet wounds at the hospital. Girish had got married only six months ago.

Munish, who was in his room at the time, luckily escaped unhurt.

ASSAILANTS MADE WHATSAPP CALL TO ACCUSED

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, North) Gurbinder Singh said that while fleeing, the assailants made a WhatsApp call to Rajinder. One of the assailants has been identified as Monu of Chhawni Mohalla. Police have booked the accused and the two assailants for murder.

“A total of five bullets were fired, out of which four shells have been recovered. Both the assailants were possessing pistols,” he added.

“As per information, Rajinder and Joginderpal had a monetary dispute. How much money was involved will be ascertained after the arrest of Rajinder,” said the ACP. Joginderpal had reportedly transferred the ownership of a house in Chhawni Mohalla in Rajinder’s name and also given him a Hyundai Creta car. After Joginderpal stopped paying instalments of the car, a dispute erupted between them.

MAIN ACCUSED HAS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND

Police say Rajinder already has a criminal background. In 2009, he had allegedly poured acid on a woman but a settlement was brokered in the case. The victim’s son had then started working at Joginderpal’s house and also started staying there.

Rajinder had also attacked Munish with a sharp-edged weapon earlier and this case is still under trial in the court.

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