On Friday afternoon, a trader was killed when two assailants opened fire at a shop in Karbigahia wholesale market adjacent to Patna Junction. Both shooters were caught and beaten before being handed over to the police.
The deceased has been identified as Rahul Kumar, a grocery trader from Jakanpur. According to eyewitnesses, he was on his way to his shop when he was not targeted but targeted.
The victim was taken to Paras Hospital in Rajabazar where doctors declared him brought dead. He suffered a bullet wound on his chest.
Two motorcycle-borne assailants came to the shop of a biscuit wholesaler and opened fire. Rahul Kumar was near the trouble area and he too came under fire,” said a local businessman, who was an eyewitness.
“As the area is very dense, we chased the accused and managed to nab them. The local businessmen brutally beat them up and also set fire to their bike. Jakanpur police on the spot. arrived and took them to the police station.
Local businessmen claimed that a van was parked outside the biscuit agency and its driver got into an argument with Bunty Kumar, the owner of the agency. The traders also accused Bunty Kumar of calling the shooters.
“There was firing in this market six months ago and it was repeated today.” We have repeatedly requested the local police to increase patrolling but they are not serious about it. Traders are panicking and are thinking of migrating from Bihar. We have closed our shops to protest the incident,” said another trader.
Agitated traders blocked the busy pasture and also blocked the flyover, leading to massive traffic jams on adjacent roads.
The Patna police claimed to have arrested two persons after the incident but did not reveal their names and real motive.
After this incident, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Sinha visited the scene and targeted the Nitish Kumar government.
“Nitish Kumar has become Dhritarashtra. He has handed over Bihar to criminals and is keeping quiet. Crime is on the rise in the state and murders are commonplace. People are being killed in broad daylight… I am returning from Arra today where fearless criminals shot a businessman in his shop and now this incident happened in Patna. Law and order is under question mark. Officials are silent and ineffective here,” he claimed.