Patna: Surgical store owner’s murder accused held | Patna News
The killing took place around 1 p.m. and Gupta was detained around 11 p.m. while trying to escape to the river belt after crossing the Ganga by boat. (Photo for representative purposes only)
PATNA: The main accused of killing Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, 45, in his surgical shop on Govind Mitra Road, was arrested Saturday night. Police caught Sonu Kumar Gupta, 35, from Barharwa Ghat near the NIT under the Pirbahore police station in the state capital.
The killing took place around 1 p.m. and Gupta was detained around 11 p.m. while trying to escape to the river belt after crossing the Ganga by boat.
Sinha, a resident of Mainpura, Danapur, was sitting in his shop, Rajnish Medisurge, with associate Sunny Kumar, 25, when Gupta came and fired several cartridges from a semi-automatic land pistol. Gupta owns the Maa Durga Surgical Store next to Sinha’s store.
Pirbahore Police Station, SHO Rizwan Ahmed Khan, said Sunday that Gupta had plans to meet his wife on Govind Mitra Road before eventually escaping to the river area. “The police also received information about his movements and locations, after which he was removed from the ghat around 11 p.m.,” he said.
Khan said a land pistol loaded with two live cartridges had also been recovered from his possession. “It’s the same gun that was used in the crime. His staff Sunny is still in critical condition and being treated at PMCH, ”he said.
SHO Khan said a pellet was recovered post-mortem from Sinha’s body and two empty cartridges were found on the spot.
“The pistol, the empty cartridges and the pellet would be sent for a ballistic vote after a court order. It would be a powerful exhibit to pin Gupta down during the trial of Sinha’s murder, ”the SHO said.
Khan said Gupta made a sectarian statement that he shot Sinha after a dispute over parking a vehicle in front of the murdered person’s shop.
“However, police are also investigating the other aspects, including the dispute over the sale of oxygen cylinders amid the pandemic,” the SHO said.
He said Sinha’s older brother Prakash Kumar Sinha filed an FIR against Gupta. “Gupta is a very quick-tempered person. He had previously broken the arm of another shopkeeper after an argument with him. He is charged in two criminal cases and the police have brought charges against him in both cases, ”added Khan.