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Trader gunned down in Ludhiana market, killer dares people to chase him, say witnesses

Since the assailant fired one bullet precisely to the heart of the victim, police suspect involvement of a contract killer.

punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2018 10:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Murder,crime,Ludhiana news
Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill along with police officers visits the new grain market where Gurjeet Chaudhary was shot dead in Ludhiana on Thursday, June 28. (HT Photo)

An unidentified man on a scooter gunned down a 52-year-old commission agent at a vegetable market in Punjab’s Ludhiana on Thursday afternoon, police said, and dared people to confront or chase him as he rode away.

Gharjeet Singh Chaudhary of Salem Tabri, who was shot on his chest, was rushed to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where he died.

Police have registered a case of murder against the shooter as well as Gaurav Kumar, who allegedly hired the killer to settle a rivalry. Police commissioner Sukchain Singh Gill and additional deputy commissioner of police (city-1) Gurpreet Singh Walia reached the spot for investigation.

A bullet shell of a .32-bore pistol used in the crime has been found.

Police said the killer arrived at Chaudhary’s shop on a scooter as it was raining and called him out. When Chaudhary approached him, he flashed the pistol and said something to him before shooting at him from a point-blank range on his chest.

A file photo of Gurjeet Chaudhary who was shot dead at the new grain market in Ludhiana on Thursday. ( HT )

People in the area, who did not want to be identified, said the killer proclaimed that “you cannot do me any harm” before firing the shot.

The incident was captured on security cameras installed in the area and the police are banking on the footage, which also shows that the man came to Chaudhary’s shop thrice before.

Chaudhary’s son Gaurav said the accused Kumar, who lives near their house, had taken him to Phillaur a year ago and snatched some cash from him. He filed a case against Kumar, who was granted bail four months ago and had been threatening the family.

Gaurav said his father had recently gone to Phillaur to urge the police to file a chargesheet as soon as possible in the case, “which angered Kumar”.

“We have registered the case on the statement of the victim’s son, and have launched a manhunt,” Birbal Singh, station house officer of Basti Jodhewal under whose jurisdiction the market falls, said.

Police suspect that a contract killer was involved in the shooting as the assailant fired one bullet precisely at the heart of the victim.

Chaudhary, originally from Jammu, had been living in Ludhiana for the past 30 years and formed a social organisation called Jammu Foundation.

First Published: Jun 28, 2018 17:43 IST