Tata Steel officer shot at in Telco, critical

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Jamshedpur, March 10: In yet another horrific gun shoot incident in Steel city, a manager of Tata Steel, Jamshedpur was shot at by unidentified assailants near a guest house situated close to the former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda’s house in Ghorabandha under Telco Police Station late on Monday night leaving the officer severely injured and in a serious condition.

The officer identified as Ratnesh Raj, 30, is a manager in Equipment Maintenance Services of Tata Steel. He was earlier associated with Tata Motors. After the incident, he was rushed to Tata Motors hospital and admitted to ICU, where he is undergoing treatment and is described to be in a critical condition.

The assailants fired shots at Ratnesh Raj when he was inside the car. After being shot, Ratnesh came out of his car and reached the apartment gate. He also shouted at the gate and then fell down. Hearing the commotion, his friend Dr. Anand Singh and others in the apartment came out and then rushed him to Tata Motors hospital. Sources say that the doctors have taken out the bullets from his chest and an attempt is on to take out all other bullets in his body.

Police have found three empty cartridges from the site of occurrence. The incident occurred at around 9.40 p.m. Monday.

When the incident occurred, the police were carrying out a check drive in the city. The police team led by the City SP were busy raiding illegal dens of hooch in different parts of the city.

According to sources, Ratnesh Raj had gone to Gurukripa Apartment to meet his dentist friend Dr. Anand Singh, who lives in the same apartment. As soon as Ratnesh reached near the apartment, bike-borne criminals fired seven rounds at him. One bullet pierced his chest, two his back and one pierced his ribs.

The police are trying to probe different angles and are trying to find out if there was any connection with the killing of Tata Motors AGM Brajesh Sahay, who was killed in a similar fashion February 22 night.

Sources say that the similarity between the two incidents is striking because in both the incidents the criminals have used 7.65 bore pistols. Police are also probing the angle as to whether the same gang of criminals is involved in both incidents or not.

Ratnesh Raj lives in Nildih Flats and is the manager of mobile unit in Equipment Maintenance Services of Tata Steel. He joined Tata Steel as a graduate trainee some two and a half years back.

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