Jodhpur bizman killed, markets closed in protest
The murder sparked protests in the market on Monday. Shops on the Sardarpura C Road did not open, and traders shouted slogans against the police, demanding immediate arrest of Vasudev’s killers. Traders staged a sit-in at Jaljog Circle and blocked traffic.jaipur Updated: Sep 18, 2017 21:14 IST
A 62-year-old Jodhpur businessman was shot outside his showroom on Sunday night. He died in hospital during treatment. The murder sparked protests by businessmen in Jodhpur.
Unidentified men on a motorcycle shot Vasudev Israni, who runs an electronics showroom in Sardarpura area, the police said. He was rushed to MG Hospital where he passed away.
Vasudev’s showroom is just 100 metre from the Sardarpura police station.
Vasudev’s son, Anil Israni, said that his father had also been attacked on June 19 this year. “A man wearing a helmet had barged into the showroom and fired shots but my father had escaped the attack,” he said.
Vasudev was given police protection after the attack. “The armed guard left a little early on Sunday, leaving my father alone during the attack,” Anil added.
Police said that Vasudev has got at least four extortion calls after the attack in June. The callers threatened to kill him if he did not pay.
The murder sparked protests in the market on Monday. Shops on the Sardarpura C Road did not open, and traders shouted slogans against the police, demanding immediate arrest of Vasudev’s killers. Traders staged a sit-in at Jaljog Circle and blocked traffic.
BJP MLA from Jodhpur City, Kailash Bhansali, faced people’s ire when he visited the businessman’s house to pay condolence.
Jodhpur MP and Union minister of state for agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, questioned the functioning of the police and said that repeated shootings in the city in the last few months has caused resentment amongst the people against the police.
Shekhawat said that he will speak with the chief minister for a review of the Jodhpur police’s functioning.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the law and order situation in the state had worsened in last few months and added that the Jodhpur police have failed to curb crime.