Jalandhar: Leaving the question mark on the functioning of local police, a bike borne armed man shot a businessman just around 200 metres away away from the flag march of police and paramilitary forces. After accomplishing their mission, the shooter had a joy ride on his bike right under the nose of police, causing a big embarrassment to them.
The incident took place at the most busy Press Club Chowk in broad daylight at 10.20 am on Friday. The deceased was identified as Anil Kumar Billa, one of the famous businessmen of the city. Commissioner Police Arpit Shukla reached the site of the crime within few minutes but the police couldn’t find any clues about the murder. Billa was killed as 2 bullets pierced his vital organs, the brain and the heart.
Anil Kumar Billa was owner of Export firm Surya Valves, a forex Company and Pal Garments. He went daily to Ramada Hotel Gym and was coming back after exercise from there. Near 10.20 am he was seen outside Allahabad Bank near Press Club
Security Guard of the bank in his statement said that he witnessed a person sitting in the car wearing helmet. While narrating the story to police, he said that the accused intercepted the victim on the way and the victim offered him a seat inside the car after a conversation of few seconds. Interestingly, the accused did not remove his helmet even inside the car. And just few minutes later the accused shot him twice from point blank range. The guard said that even after killing a person in the crowded place in broad daylight, the accused remain calm and managed to flee on his bike.
The victim was shot at the temple and the chest side. The wounds clearly showed that this was job of a professional and the killer wanted to make sure that Billa died immediately. As per sources, Billa who was related with Congress Party was having some problem with a local BJP MC. Some relative on the promise of anonymity said that there were some disputes regarding foreign exchange transactions with some people. The crime seems to be a case of Supari Killing and the killer knew about Billa’s routine well.
The daylight murder came as a big blow to Jalandhar Police who just recently overcome the media pressure after arresting the accused of the daylight murder of a student on 25th of last month. Its pertinent to note that 500 odd policemen and Paramilitary force jawans were at just 200 meters of the murder spot and were marching towards it at the same time.The senior-most offices of Jalandhar police were leading the march .The flag march was intended to raise the sense of security in the residents in wake of Operation Blue Star Anniversary.”We have traced student’s murder and we will trace this also,” Arpit Shukla replied when asked about this.
While justifying the position of police, Commissioner of police Aprit Shukla said that just few minutes after the murder police including senior officers reached the site of the crime and initiated the investigation. He added that the shooters pumped two bullets with the sure shot targets. While revealing the investigation, he said that the police have procured the footage of CCTV camera installed outside the bank that could give a lead to police regarding the murderer. He added that meanwhile the police are scrutinizing the phone call details of the victim to verify his odd talks over phone.
Further, he said that a relative also told police that Anil was involved in some kind of dispute regarding the foreign money exchange this was also one of the police theories working on. CP said that personal vengeance could be behind the murder and it cannot be ruled out that conspirator hired some contact killer to get the job done.
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