A local industrialist was shot dead by two unidentified members of a gang this evening. The incident took place in front of a rice mill belonging to the deceased, Ravinder alias Pappu Kochhar.
Kochhar was waiting in his car for the gate of his mill to be opened when the assailants, who came in a Swift Dzire car, fired three shots at him. Kochhar owned several rice mills and two schools. The murder is said to be the handiwork of a gang of extortionists.
On February 7, three gangsters had taken away a car from Kochhar. The police had booked gangsters Bunty Dhillon (25), Jumpy Don (21) and Sema Behbal Kalan. Fearing for his life, Kochhar had not lodged a complaint with the police. However, taking suo motu notice of the incident, the police had registered a case on the complaint of the Jaito SHO and booked the three.