Murder of Businessman Prompts Protest by Traders in Patna

Protest over murder of businessman in Patna.

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Patna: Shops in Raja Bazaar and other areas in Patna remained closed on Thursday in protest against the killing of Jitendra Kumar Gandhi, a businessman who was gunned down on Tuesday night by four motorcycle-borne criminals who are yet to be identified.

Chanting anti-administration slogan about poor law and order situation in the state capital, the traders demanded immediate arrest of the killers and intensification of police patrol across the city to deter growing crime against businessmen and other citizens.

Speaking on the occasion, the victim's cousin Pankaj Sinha said that he expected the police to catch the killers soon and also provide adequate security to businessmen who, he said, remained soft targets for the criminals. He also demanded installation of security cameras in these areas to deter criminals from carrying out their dastardly plans.

The protestors also took out a protest march between Ashiana Mor and Sheikhpura to highlight growing crime against businessmen in Bihar.

The incident occurred on late Tuesday night when Gandhi was returning home in his motorcycle after closing his Khadim shoe store in Raja Bazaar. His 24-year old son Abhiyu was sitting on the backseat when four criminals on two motorbikes forced him to pull over.

The criminals tried to snatch the bag containing cash from Gandhi's possession. When Gandhi showed reluctance, one of the masked criminals pulled a gun and shot him in his neck from a close range killing him instantly.

Before police could reach the crime scene, the criminals were long gone.

So far no one has been arrested in the case.

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