Nagpur: The Bakra-mandi area of Mominpura, here in the city, ran under panic as four persons opened fire to kill one person, during wee hours of July 9, Thursday. The person is reported to be seriously injured and his condition is said to be critical in Suretch Hospital, Dhantoli. A surgery was performed on him at about 10.30 am.
The injured is named as Iftekhar alias Bhateeja Abdul Aziz, aged 36, resident of Bakra-mandi, Mominpura. It is said that he was in the illicit trade of selling drugs, working for a Kamptee based mafia in drugs.
The injured is reported to be having his infamous influence on Bakra-mandi, Mominpura and he has kept certain boys to execute his trading of narcotic items in and around Bakra-mandi area.
According to Tahsil police, when Iftekhar was returning home after performing the ‘namaz’ of early morning (4.30 am) on July 9, Thursday, four unidentified persons abruptly opened fire at him, causing bullet injuries on his head and chest.
The attack was made on spot near his house. As the sound of firing created panic in the area, some people rushed to Tahsil police station. When the police reached the spot, the shooters had already fled the spot. The police have registered a case against the unidentified accused and further investigation is under process.
It is said that there is a police outpost at Bakra-mandi which is situated few steps away from the spot of incident, but the police men are seen rarely after its inauguration some days ago. When the incident of firing occurred on Thursday morning, there was no policeman present in the outpost.
According to sources, an incident of firing had occurred at Bakra-mandi, Mominpura in year 1992 and the miscreants then had burnt many dwellings in Bakra-mandi. As a result, a police outpost was set up over there. As there was no police present when the incident took place on Thursday, the shooters escaped after firing. However, the police claims that the accused would soon be nabbed. It is also reported that the unsocial elements of Bakra-mandi harass the businessmen entering the locality.
The police said that several offences against injured Iftekhar alias Bhateeja are registered, and he has a criminal background. According to police, the persons of Immu and Ippa gangs must have attempted his murder. About 5 years ago, a youth named Abid was murdered near Automotive Chowk, Kamptee Road and in that case the name of Iftekhar had surfaced. So, the police suspects that the Abid-gang persons must have fired at Iftekhar.