Indore: 25-year-old liquid entrepreneur shot dead, supporters ransack union office | News from Indoré
Arjun Thakur, one of the partners of the Jai Mahakal liquor union which won the contract for 173 liquor outlets in Indore, was shot dead at the company’s headquarters, apparently when a negotiation over a dispute failed .
He was rushed to hospital where the bullet was surgically removed from his back, even as his supporters went on a rampage blaming a notorious gangster for the shooting and smashed office windows throwing stones. A four-wheeled vehicle, allegedly belonging to the attackers, was also damaged by Arjun’s supporters.
Police deployed their forces to disperse the crowd, which then moved to the Apollo Hospital, where the contractor was admitted.
Police claimed the attack was the result of a professional dispute over alcohol outlets in the airfield area. They sifted through video captures from CCTV cameras to determine the sequence of events.
At least two sets of bullets were fired at Arjun. But he was hit only once in the back. The bullet entered his body, fracturing the spine near the waist in the back.
SP East Ashutosh Bagri told TOI: “We have identified a few defendants involved in the crime among a group of five based on the victim’s preliminary investigation. An FIR under section 307 294, 31 of the IPC for attempted murder, uttering obscene language and felony with the same intent.
The victim and the accused were discussing the distribution of Ahatas stores and operations in the city, when the attack took place, he said.
Police zoomed in on the names of Hemu Thakur and his brother Chintu Thakur as attackers. Unconfirmed information also suggested that gangster Satish Bhau was also present at the meeting, but police declined to comment.
Police teams have started search operations to arrest the accused, who will be taken into custody very soon, Bagri said.
The incident created panic in the neighborhood as the adjoining store was closed and people preferred to stay inside their homes. As word spread, Arjun’s supporters gathered at the hospital. Police were deployed in force to prevent any untoward incidents.
Rumors of reprisals by Arjun’s supporters were circulating in the town, prompting police and excise officials to shut down liquor stores in the Pardeshipura and Banganga regions.