January 30, 2009 2:25:29 am
City traders observed a complete strike to protest the death of a local jeweller in a shootout on late Wednesday evening. On a call given by the Beopar Mandal,all local traders,along with trade union leaders today met at the Arya College for Girls,where they condemned the incident and expressed concern over the increasing lawlessness in the city.
The traders then marched towards the police station shouting slogans. Sensing trouble,Kharar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raj Balwinder Singh Marar,reached the spot and pacified the crowd with an assurance to arrest the assailants soon.
Later,the traders held a protest rally outside the police station,where the union leaders came down heavily upon the police for not checking the activities of suspected elements,who roam around the town freely.
The last rites of slain trader Satinder Pal Singh,meanwhile,were performed on Thursday after his body was handed over to the family after an autopsy.
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A bullet from one .315 bore country made pistol was recovered from his body during the autopsy conducted at the Kharar Civil Hospital,Kharar city station house officer,Sub-Inspector Atul Soni told Newsline.
Senior Medical Officer of Kharar Civil Hospital,Dr Jai Singh,said a medical board,comprising Dr Balwinder Singh and Dr Maninder Kaur,conducted the post-mortem,which revealed that a single bullet had punctured his heart,lungs and liver before resting in the underarm.
The police,meanwhile,have lodged a case under Sections 302,397 and 34 of IPC against the three unidentified assailants on the basis of a statement made by president of Gurdwara Kalgidhar,Ragbeer Singh,an eyewitness in the case.
Victim did not carry weapon
Though Satinder Pal Singh always carried his licensed .9 mm pistol,but on the fateful day,he had left it at home,investigation officer Sub-Inspector (SI) Atul Soni said. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the assailants were in their mid 20s and are locals.
The bike used in the crime,meanwhile,has not been recovered yet. Amrit Pal Singh and other family members have ruled out any enmity. Satinder had migrated from Bulandshehar in Uttar Pradesh over a decade ago and was a small-time financier before opening a jewellery shop in Kharar a few years ago. It seems to be the handiwork of his acquaintance with the sole motive of snatching, the investigation officer said.
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