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Senior govt official shot dead inside his residence in Patna

The official, an under secretary in the state Department of Planning, was shot early morning on Tuesday at his official residence.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2018 15:58 IST
Senior official shot dead in Patna,Patna
The official’s wife said the attackers came with an intention to loot and shot her husband when he tried to resist them.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A senior government official has been shot dead by unidentified persons inside his official residence in Patna Tuesday morning, police said.

The assailants reached the house of Rajeev Kumar (50), an under secretary in the state Department of Planning, around 4 am. They had an altercation with the official and then shot him, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Sachivalay) Rajesh Singh Prabhakar told PTI.

Kumar’s government quarter is located in the R-block area under the Sachivalaya police station in Patna.

Rajni, the wife of the victim, told some local news channels that the gunmen had come with an intention to loot and opened fire when her husband tried to resist. She also alleged that they decamped with valuables worth Rs 30,000-40,000.

Prabhakar, however, said, “We are investigating the matter from all angles. We suspect that some old enmity may also be behind the killing which the family is trying to hide.”

Meanwhile, an association of secretariat employees expressed outrage over the killing and demanded stern action against the culprits.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 15:45 IST