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Another PWD contractor gunned down

YET ANOTHER Public Works Department (PWD) contractor was shot dead at his Sarojininagar residence on Friday morning. He has been identified as Ram Pravesh Singh. Singh?s son alleged hand of a contractor. However, the exact motive for the sensational killing was yet to be known. Just a few months ago, a PWD contractor was sprayed with bullets near DGP Headquarters and a contractor Chitranjan Maitty was arrested in the case. Ram Pravesh Singh was close to Maitty.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 00:22 IST

YET ANOTHER Public Works Department (PWD) contractor was shot dead at his Sarojininagar residence on Friday morning. He has been identified as Ram Pravesh Singh.

Singh’s son alleged hand of a contractor. However, the exact motive for the sensational killing was yet to be known.

Just a few months ago, a PWD contractor was sprayed with bullets near DGP Headquarters and a contractor Chitranjan Maitty was arrested in the case. Ram Pravesh Singh was close to Maitty. The cops are quizzing Singh’s fellow contractors and those PWD engineers who were supervising the contracts being done by Singh’s firm.

The incident took place around 9 am when Singh was sitting in the lobby of his Shama Vihar Colony. Suddenly he spotted two youths opening the main gate. As Singh was unfamiliar to the youths, he walked towards the gate. Hardly had he walked a few steps than the youths whipped out semi-automatic pistols and fired on Singh.

The assailants ran away towards the motorcycle parked outside the gate pumping three bullets in Singh and fled from the scene. Meanwhile, hearing the gunshots, Singh’s wife Shanti and his youngest son Neeraj came out of the room to find the victim lying on ground bleeding profusely.

Neeraj called his elder brother Udai Pratap and rushed Singh to KGMU Trauma centre. However, the doctors declared him brought dead. The cops rushed to the spot and recovered a .32 bore shell.

Singh’s son Udai Pratap said another PWD contractor Shyamlal of Shringar Nagar locality had come to visit his father in the morning. Shyamlal had left the house merely 10 minutes before the assailants made the fatal attack. Singh’s neighbours told that they had seen two youths speeding away on a Hero Honda Passion motorcycle.

Udai, who used to help his father in contract job, told that they were carrying out contract work at PWD’s state unit-CD-I, II and III besides National High Way construction work at Hazratganj and Dubagga presently.

Udai raised suspicion on contractor Shyamlal saying that the latter was trying to convince his father to withdraw his claim from a lucrative contract, which was going to be decided soon.

Udai said that Shyamlal could hatch his father’s murder plan. The cops were conducting raids to trace Shyamlal who was reported absconding. A case was registered against Shyamlal and three others into the matter. The police had also collected printout of Singh’s mobile (99359-49101) and were scrutinizing the numbers to know about the calls made and received since Friday morning.

First Published: Apr 15, 2006 00:22 IST