Aarthiya shot dead; mother dies of shock. Patiala – A 42-year-old fertiliser dealer was shot dead by an unidentified man at his shop in Nabha Tehsil of the district late on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday. Manik Jindal, owner of Pal Khaad Store in New Grain Market, was in his shop when the man entered inside and shot him from point-blank range on Wednesday night, they said. The motive of the crime remains unknown, the police said.His mother, Padma Rani, after hearing the news of the killing, died of shock, they said. The labourers working nearby said they saw a man running towards the main gate of the market after they heard a gunshot, the police said. A motorcyclist was waiting on the road with whom the accused fled, they said. The police is investigating the matter and are looking at the CCTV footage of nearby shops.There was a CCTV in victim’s shop too. The police sent the footage to the IT cell as it was password protected, they said. Punjab police Inspector General AS Rai visited the crime spot and assured that criminals would be nabbed soon. Jindal’s body has been sent to Nabha civil hospital for postmortem.
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