Caught on camera: Triple murder rocks Sitapur, killers at large
A 55-year-old grain trader, his wife and son were shot dead by armed robbers outside the family’s home in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur. The incident triggered panic and people ran helter-skelter.india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 17:12 IST
Armed robbers shot dead a 55-year-old grain trader, his wife and son outside the family’s home in Sitapur, 90km north of Lucknow, on Tuesday night. The triple murder triggered public demonstrations on Wednesday.
A surveillance camera near the gate of the trader’s home recorded the shooting. Police are scanning the video to identify the four killers. But no arrests were made so far.
Angry over the police failure to catch the assailants, traders staged a demonstration near the office of district magistrate.
Markets were closed and protesters threw stones at civil administration vehicles. Additional policemen were deployed in the city to maintain law and order.
Superintendent of police Mrigendra Singh assured that “teams have been constituted to nab the criminals”.
The gunmen escaped on two bikes in the commotion that engulfed the Civil Lines residential area after the shooting.
Trader Sunil Jaiswal had just reached the gates of his home on his motorcycle when the assailants accosted him. They tried to snatch Jaiswal’s bag, which contained the day’s cash from his shop.
When he resisted, the criminals fired at him from close range. Hearing the gunshots, Jaiswal’s wife Kamini and son Ritik rushed out and the criminals opened indiscriminate fire at them.
The incident triggered panic and people ran helter-skelter.
Jaiswal and his family were taken to the district hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival.
Neighbours alleged they called the emergency helpline, but a police team reached the spot after 25 minutes.
Kotwali police station is located about 200 metres from the trader’s home. But the station house officer allegedly arrived 35 minutes after the incident.
“The delayed response of police shows they are hand in glove with the criminals,” alleged Ram Prakash Agarwal, a member of the Sitapur traders’ organisation.
The anger stems from recurring loot and murder in Uttar Pradesh cities. Armed criminals recently looted and killed traders and jewellers in Mathura, Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi and Gorakhpur.