KOLKATA: A 26-year-old trader from Barasat was shot by his distant relative at his shop-cum-office inside a posh housing complex located on Keshav Chandra Sen Street near Rajabazar Crossing on Wednesday afternoon.
The victim, Dipak Das, succumbed to his bullet injuries that he sustained on his head. Das used to supply chicken through multiple outlets at New Market and Amherst Street.
Cops have launched a search for the accused Rakesh Das who had recently developed some enmity with the victim. Sources said Rakesh was helped in the crime. Both the accused and the victim, who hail from Bihar, had been living in Barasat fir the last few years.
The afternoon shooting sent shockwaves among the residents of the densely populated area. “While minor political clashes are common in this area, such planned murder happened here after a long time,” said a local resident.
Cops said Dipak was at his grocery shop when the accused Rakesh and his accomplice came there. They managed to flee after the crime. “We were told that the victim had been shot inside the grocery shop. He was shifted to Medical College with severe injuries and died later in the evening,” said joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that Rakesh and Dipak had an altercation over some issue. Thereafter, a shot was heard and the victim was found lying in a pool of blood. We are collecting the local CCTV footage to verify the chain of events,” said Sharma. The main shop of Dipak is located at New Market. About six months ago, he had removed Rakesh from the job on suspicion of theft, according to the police.
“But this was not the sole reason behind the enmity. Rakesh had also taken a bike from the victim in lieu of Rs 60,000. Later, Rakesh had returned the bike to Dipak and was asking him to return his money. Dipak had reportedly refused to pay him back, leading to their relationship turning bitter,” said a police source. Family members claimed that the accused and victim had been involved in promoting, with both of them joining the opposition groups. However, cops refuted such promoting link to the murder so far. “We will probe this angle too,” said an officer.
A forensic team is likely to visit the spot. Cops said they are carrying out an analysis of the CCTV footage and raiding multiple places in northern suburbs of the city and North 24 Parganas to nab the accused. The Amherst Street police has registered a murder case even as the homicide wing of the detective department is helping in the probe.