A senior official of a mining developer-cum-operator (MDO) agency engaged by energy utility NTPC was shot lifeless in Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district on Tuesday, police mentioned.
Two gunmen fired at Sharad Kumar, a senior vice chairman of the MDO, from shut vary close to Barkagaon Forest Guest House within the Maoist-hit district when he was on the best way to the location workplace of the Chatti Bariatu coal mine in an SUV, they mentioned.
His bodyguard was additionally injured within the assault, Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan Chothe mentioned.
Mr Kumar was rushed to a personal hospital the place medical doctors declared him lifeless. He was shot within the chest and the abdomen, police mentioned.
The physique was despatched to a hospital in Ranchi for autopsy examination, they mentioned.
His bodyguard suffered a gunshot wound on the waist, and is present process remedy, they mentioned.
The gunmen wore masks and gave the impression to be sharpshooters, Mr Chothe mentioned, including that the motive of the homicide was but to be clear however the assault appeared to be deliberate.
A case has been registered on the Barkagaon police station, he mentioned, stating that each one close by police stations have been placed on alert.
Arrests are but to be made, police mentioned.
The two shooters reached the spot effectively upfront, hid their motorbike behind a bush and had been ready for Kumar’s automotive. As the automotive reached the spot, they blocked the street and fired at it from an in depth vary, police sources mentioned.
They then fled the spot on their hidden motorbike.
It was additionally learnt that Kumar had obtained threats over the telephone, demanding extortion.
“This incident will have an effect on coal manufacturing as rigidity and panic prevail within the area,” mentioned an NTPC official.
“It occurred at a time when the NTPC was focusing on to supply 34 million tonnes of coal within the present fiscal for assembly the necessities of energy vegetation,” he mentioned.
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