LudhianaIn a shocking daylight attack, three car-borne miscreants opened fire at a 73-year-old trader in Field Gunj area, near Gurudwara Kalgidhar Sahib, one of the busiest areas of Ludhiana city, on Wednesday afternoon.The trader Tarlochan Singh Chaddha, 73, of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar suffered injuries on his leg and was rushed to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), where his condition is stated stable. Police suspect that old rivalry could be the reason behind the attack as the assailant opened fire at the trader but did not make any robbery attempt. On the other hand, family members of the victim stated that they have no rivalry with anyone.The police have registered a case of attempt to murder against unidentified accused. On being informed, police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill, deputy commissioner of police (DCP, crime) Gaganajit Singh and other police officials also reached the spot.Police have procured a CCTV footage, in which the accused have been captured.The incident occurred at 1.55pm when Tarlochan Singh Chaddha was sitting at his wholesale shop, Chaddha Store, near Gurudwara Kalgidhar Sahib on the busy streets of Field Gunj area. A white Matuti Suzuki Swift car stopped near his shop and two persons alighted from the car and walked towards the shop, while one man kept waiting inside.The assailants opened fire without uttering a word. The accused fired three bullets, which hit Tarlochan Singh in his leg. As Tarlochan raised an alarm, the accused fled from the spot in the car. Neighbours and workers rushed him to the hospital and sounded to the police.Police suspected that the assailants intentionally hit Tarlochan Singh on his leg, which suggested that it could be matter of rivalry and the motive of assailants was to scare the victim. The police have not ruled out the use of contract killers in the crime.Police commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police are investigating the matter from all angles and trying to identify the accused.It is pertinent to mention that the incident comes close on the heels of a broad daylight robbery in Kochar market, where car-borne miscreants impersonating as police officials robbed ₹6.50 lakh from a sanitary and tile store and escaped after taking the owner along with them, before throwing him out of the car. Fake number on the carPolice said that the attackers used fake number plates on their car. While investigating the case, police found that the number plates installed on the car, which was captured on the CCTV camera, was originally that of a scooter.