Leave before you get killed, attackers told guard, cook

Chandigarh, June 1

“I, along with cook Roop Singh, was standing at the gate when the assailants arrived and asked us to leave before we get killed. We ran inside and locked the main door to restrict them from entering the house,” said Ikhlam, a security guard and eyewitness who was at the gate when the assailants arrived.

Ikhlam, while running for his life, got injured after he sprained his feet and fell.

“We were at the gate when the assailants, who had their faces covered, arrived at the gate with guns in their hands. Within seconds, they opened fire and escaped from the spot,” he said.

They fired at least 17 bullets on the house of Rakesh Singla, who owns Hotel Amara in Sector 43. Three bullets pierced through a window and went into the bedroom on the first floor.

Sources said the assailants had parked their car on the adjacent lane of the corner house. One of them walked to the house and at that time Rakesh was standing in the balcony. “The suspect, who had his face fully covered, asked for Arvind’s address from Rakesh, who gave him the address after which the suspect walked away calmly,” the sources said.

Around 10 minutes later, all assailants came to Rakesh’s house and opened fire.

They fired at least 17 bullets on the house of Rakesh Singla, who owns Hotel Amara in Sector 43. Three bullets pierced through a window and went into the bedroom on the first floor.

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