Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Broad day light shoot-out in Guwahati; Coca cola employee shot dead, Rs 12 lakh looted

In a broad daylight robbery, one person was killed and Rs 12 lakhs were looted from near the Punjab National Bank at Ganeshguri this morning. The deceased, Keshab Phukan, was an employee of a cola distributor and he was attacked when he was on his way to deposit the money in the bank. No arrest has been made so far. Making mockery of the futile claims by the government of securing the lives and properties of Guwahati, one person was shot dead and a huge amount of money was looted from him by armed miscreants barely a few hundred metres away from the police check point at Ganeshguri. The incident occurred near the Punjab National Bank on the RG Baruah road at around 10.30 AM. The deceased, identified as Keshab Phukan was an employee of Swastik Enterprise, a cola distributing company. He was on his way to the bank to deposit an amount of Rs 12 lakh when he was attacked by some miscreants. According to the police, three motor cycle-borne miscreants intercepted Phukan and another person accompanying him near the bank. On seeing the miscreants, the other person fled leaving Phukan alone. The miscreants then fired upon Phukan injuring him seriously and looted the entire amount concealed in the tool box of the motor bike. Phukan was rushed to the nearby International Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The top police officials rushed to the spot immediately and investigation is on. The police are unwilling to say whether it was a work of extortionists or criminals till the investigations are completed. From the nature of the case, they also suspect that the miscreants had meticulously planned the attack. The SSP also declined to comment on the involvement of any militant group in the attack. However, from the empty cartridges recovered from the spot, police are sure that two types of weapons were used in the attack. They also do not ruled out the possibility of the involvement of any outside criminals in the attack. But from the nature of the case, they did not find the involvement of any contract killers in the incident. The miscreants fled from the scene soon after committing the crime. However, how they managed to escape despite various checking points in the nearby areas of the spot is a big question. The incident once again showed the lawlessness prevailing in capital city Guwahati. It is to be mentioned that incidents of murders and robberies have increased in Guwahati manifold in the recent times.


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