Businessmen killed, Rs 2.4 lakh looted
TWO WHOLESALE traders were murdered and Rs 2.4 lakh looted from a shop in the Jaggery Mandi late on Monday night. The shop is located barely 200 feet from the Collectorganj police station.
As soon as the news spread in the Collectorganj area on Tuesday morning, hundreds of agitated merchants came out on the road and gheraoed SSP PC Meena. The angry crowd let the SSP leave only after he assured them of solving the case within the next 24 hours.
Traders Suresh Chandra Gupta (42) and Chamman Lal Gupta (40) were strangulated with a telephone wire and hit with heavy objects on their heads.
When locals spotted the bodies lying on the floor, the telephone receiver was hanging on their necks and an eight-door almirah was found broken.
Sources said Suresh Chandra Gupta was a native of Musanagar and was doing business here at the warehouse (aadhat) along with his partner Radha Raman, who also hails from the same place. Chamman Lal Gupta, a native of Pukhrayan, often visited the Jaggery Mandi to sell grains and other grocery items.
According to Radha Raman, the three took their dinner at the aadhat around 10.30 pm on Monday. “As I was suffering from an upset stomach, I spent the night at Vinod’s aadhat as it has a toilet. But when I returned in the morning, I learnt about the murder,” said Radha Raman. He also said Rs 2.4 lakh, which they had received as payment on Monday, was missing from the aadhat’s almirah.
However, the murder was spotted at 10.30 am on Tuesday by Kanhaiya Lal, son of Radha Raman. Kanhaiya had arrived in the city this morning from Musanagar after taking his Intermediate exam.
A shocked Kanhaiya found the bodies lying there and ran to Ghantaghar to break the news to his father.
Soon hundreds of merchants hit the streets shouting anti-police slogans. Some traders even had a verbal duel with Monika Yadav, CO Collectorganj.
On hearing the news of traders’ protest, special superintendent of police PC Meena and SP (West) Awadhesh Kumar reached the spot along with heavy contingent of police.
The SSP was gheraoed by the mob, who demanded immediate action and protested against the deteriorating law and order in the Collectorganj area.
Commenting on the murder, Meena said, “Police will try its best to solve the case at the earliest.”
He also admitted that Rs 2.4 lakh had been looted.