Now, bullets fly in Sector 9 Chandigarh

Six shots fired at liquor store; three workers sustain injuries, condition stable

Now, bullets fly in Sector 9 Chandigarh

Cops examine the spot in Sector 9, Chandigarh; and (inset) a CCTV grab of the incident. Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 2

Panic gripped the busy Sector 9 market when two assailants opened indiscriminate fire on employees of a liquor store this evening. At least six bullets were fired, leaving three employees injured. 

Spot just 200 metres from UT Police HQ

  • The incident took place hardly 200 metres from the Chandigarh Police Headquarters.

Sources said the assailants arrived in the market on foot and started firing gunshots on the store employees. There were several people in the market at that time, who ran for cover. While many entered shops, some took cover behind cars in the parking lot.

The assailants then escaped in a Honda Amaze car, which was parked on the road at some distance from the market.

Owner also runs a petrol pump in Sec 35

The police recorded the statement of liquor store owner Ram Avtar Batra (69), a resident of Sector 21. Batra has been operating this liquor vend since 2018. He also owns a petrol station in Sector 35, named VPL. Batra revealed that he had a money dispute with some persons.

Inspector Chiranji Lal, who is posted in the traffic wing of the UT police, is one of the eyewitnesses. He was in civvies and had come to the market to get his bicycle repaired.

The Police Control Room was informed after which cops rushed to the spot. The injured were taken to the GMSH-16. One of them, Rajesh, was hit by a bullet in the arm, while two others received minor injuries. The condition of all victims is stated to be stable.

The police recorded the statement of liquor store owner Ram Avtar Batra (69), a resident of Sector 21. Batra has been operating the liquor vend since 2018. He also owns a petrol station in Sector 35, named VPL. Batra revealed that he had a money dispute with some persons. The police said the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the market was being scrutinised. A forensic team too reached the spot.

A case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act has been registered at the Sector 3 police station. — TNS

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