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Gold Trader From Maharashtra Shot Dead By Snatchers In Chakdaha

2015-11-18 19:30

Slain trader Amar Sing's body at Chakdaha hospital. Picture by Sovan Chaudhuri

Wife Sheetal and two children broke down at the Hospital. Picture by SOVON CHAUDHURI

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Chakdah, Nov. 17: A Maharashtra based gold trader carrying around Rupees 1 lakh in a bag was shot dead in Nadia’s Chakdah on the way to his rented house late on Monday night when three miscreants on a bike fired at him before fleeing with the cash.

The incident occurred at about 11.50 PM when the victim identified as Amar Singh Hazari (41) was walking back along the SP Mukherjee road to his house in Uttar Ghoshpara area with his business partner Chand Kazi area after closing their ‘gold liquiding’ unit.

Police said, three miscreants riding on a bike blocked their way and attacked them in front of Nivedita Financial Services’ Office, a LIC premium point which is barely 50 meter ahead of their house.

Police has started a murder case. However, so far it could arrest nobody in connection with the murder.

Deceased Amar Singh Hazari hailed from Sangli town of Maharashtra and had been doing business in Chakdah for about past ten years.

Sources said, the victim was involved in supply of jewelry gold from Maharashtra and had also set up a ‘Gold liquiding unit along with his Maharashtra based business partner Chand Kazi’ who also used to stay with him.

Victim’s wife Sheetal and two minor boys Prithwiraaj (11) and Munna (10) who live in Sangli came to Chakdah in last week to celebrate the diwali and were schedule to leave for Sangli on Tuesday.

Nadia Superintendant of police B.L.Meena said: “Preliminary investigating suggests that snatching was the motive of the miscreants. It appears that they fired when resisted strongly by the victim. We are, however, trying to find out if any old business rivalry or any personal enmity has played any role behind the murder”.

An autopsy of the body was done on Tuesday at JNM hospital in Kalyani before it was flown to his native town in Sangli later in the evening. 

The gold traders in Chakdah suspended their business on Tuesday. They also had gheraoed the Chakdah police station alleging police inaction in curbing miscreants’ activities in the town. All traders’ bodies in the town had also jointly organized a protest rally in the afternoon with the body condemning the murder and flaying the police inaction.

Assistant secretary of Chakdah unit of Bangiyo Swarna Shilpi Samity Tapas Karmakar said: “It is quite tough to digest that a gentle businessman from other state laid his life for police inaction. This is the third attack on the life of gold traders in past one year. The miscreants are repeatedly attacking us, but police so far could arrest none. Lastly we appealed police to arrange for night patrolling on SP Mukherjee road and KC Dutta road which the gold trading zone. But, it did nothing”

Police said, “The miscreants had information that the victim regularly walked back home late at night with day’s income”.

“On Monday night the miscreants had first tried to snatch the bag from him which led a scuffle and during which one of the miscreants fired at him that pierced the left side of his chest killing him on the spot”, a police officer said.

Some local youths distributing Prasad at a nearby Kali temple rushed to the spot after hearing the bullet shots followed by an alarm raised by victim’s friend Chand.

“We found Chand crying while Amar lying in a pool of blood. Chand said miscreants fired at Amar. We called police which took Amar to hospital”, a youth said.

The youths called police, which arrived at the spot within five minutes and took the Amar to Chakdah state general hospital where he was pronounced brought dead.

Eyewitness and Victim’s friend Chand Kazi, who escaped unhurt, said: “We closed our shop at about 11.30 pm and took Prasad at a Kali temple. While walking towards our house, which was barely 100 meter away from the temple, the miscreants attacked us. They tried to snatch the bag, but when Amar tried to resist, he was fired at. They also fired at me but missed target”.

“We started our business in Chakdah through one of our old business friend and have been doing business here for over ten years but never developed enmity with anybody. We always walked back home with cash but never imagined that we could be attacked in such way”, he added.

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