GUWAHATI, June 3 - The assailants who shot at and injured an employee of a cash management services firm at Geetanagar last night were conspiring to loot cash, police said citing leads into the incident so far.
Anjan Paul (32) was shot in his stomach by two unidentified miscreants around 10.40 pm last night.
Anjan and his driver were parking their official vehicle at their office on Sinaki Path at Geetanagar when the incident took place. They were returning after depositing cash at their firm�s vault at Lachit Nagar.
Radiant, where Anjan works, is engaged in collecting cash from business establishments and depositing it in banks. The agency was founded by a group of ex-servicemen. Its Guwahati branch is housed in a rented accommodation on Sinaki Path at Geetanagar.
�Anjan had gone to open the gate of the office when two youths accosted him. There was an argument for a while. Apparently, they were trying to get hold of a bag which had the keys to the cash vault. First the assailants hit Anjan on the head with the pistol and then he was shot at,� police quoted Anjan�s driver as saying in his FIR.
Two shots were fired, according to locals. Police suspect it was a handmade 7.65 mm pistol. Anjan sustained injuries to his stomach. He was operated upon today at the GMCH, but police said he is out of danger.
Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today slammed the BJP-led State government for �miserably failing� to check the deteriorating law-and-order scenario.
�Growing extremist activities of late have been a matter of grave concern. More and more boys are joining the underground groups,� he said, addressing a press conference here.
�A CRPF IG has exposed how secret killings are going on under this government. Lack of security of women in Jorhat has also emerged as a matter of concern. Police are yet to apprehend the culprits of the MP Jewellers robbery case. The probe into the case has slowed down. The law-and-order situation has deteriorated badly after BJP came to power,� the veteran Congress leader said.