2 Months on, Police Fail to Nab Culprits of Shoot and Run Case
GUWAHATI: Even over two months after a man was shot at point blank by two bike-borne men in Athgaon area of the city, the Guwahati city police have failed to arrest the prime accused.
The victim, identified as Shyam Sharma, was shot by two unknown miscreants on September 12. The incident occurred at Shri Jagdamba Iron & Steels in Athgaon following which he was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the same evening.
Locals had alleged that the miscreants were looking for the owner of the commercial establishment, Shyan Sundar Sharma. However, his salesman Shyam Sharma responded to the name and the gang opened fire at him and fled from the spot.
“The gang entered the office posing as customers and asked for Shyam as they wanted to settle some pending dues,” police sources said. As soon as the employee identified himself as Shyam, the unidentified gang shot him.
Police officials revealed that initial investigation indicated that it might be a case of contract killing.
In what could be a possible case of mistaken identity, the first name of the owner of the establishment and Shyam Sharma’s employer is also Shyam and therefore there could have been a misunderstanding whereby the employee was killed, the police suspect.
Soon after the crime took place, police had zeroed in on two suspects based on CCTV footages from the day.
They had released the images of the suspects through media as well.
However, the suspects are still roaming freely as the police have failed to nab the culprits.
“We suspect that the culprits have fled away to nearby states. We are continuing investigation on the matter and are still on the lookout for the suspects,” Jayant Singh, DCP Crime, Guwahati City Police informed G Plus.
He added that the administration is on its toes to avoid such incidents in the future and justice will be delivered to the family of the victim.
Cases of murder on the rise in Guwahati
Assam has been witnessing a significant rise in the number of crimes being reported every year, especially in the capital city of Guwahati. The year 2018 was marked by as many as 1,24,413 cognizable crimes in the state as opposed to 1,11,118 in 2017 and 1,07,022 in 2016.
Among other crimes, cases of murder have also increased tremendously. A total of 1,274 cases of murder were reported in the state in 2018 of which Guwahati accounted for 96, despite all the security, law and order in place.
In the year 2018, city police witnessed an increase in the cases of murder and attempt to murder being registered with a whopping 96 cases of murder and 50 cases of attempt to murder coming to light. It may be noted that Jalukbari police station registered maximum cases of murder (12 cases), followed by Sonapur police station (9 cases). Further, Azara received complaints of maximum cases of attempt to murder (14 cases).
The news of the recent shoot and run case from Athgaon rocked the city as the business class became fearful of the new trends in crime.
Soon after the Athgaon incident, another businessman was shot at by two bike-borne assailants in Guwahati’s Nalapara area on October 13, 2019. The victim was identified as Jeherul Islam.
In the past as well, businessmen have been targeted and shot by miscreants who have been on the run ever since.
There are also various gangs operating in the city targeting vehicles, cheating people through cyber crime and so on.
According to the data provided by the police commissionerate, theft has been topping the list of crimes happening in Guwahati every year. Burglary, robbery and crimes against women follow suit.