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50-yr-old promoter shot dead in broad daylight, police suspect gang rivalry

Kolkata: A person was shot dead in broad daylight by some miscreants on Friday morning in Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas. The deceased has been identified as Goutam De Sarkar (50), a resident of Dhakaipatti in Bankimpalli.
Police sources informed that the incident was a fallout of a rivalry associated with promoting business.
Sarkar had gone out of his house to a salon near Bijoynagar, gate number 3, when around 8 miscreants came riding on four motor cycles. As per the version of locals, the miscreants entered the salon and fired around 10 rounds of bullets among which at least three hit the promoter.
He fell down on the floor and was rushed to a private nursing home nearby where he was declared brought dead.
Police rushed to the spot and examined the CCTV footage that was available on the road in and around the salon.
Following the incident, locals put up a blockade on Sodepur Road for sometime demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants. They also agitated near the police station alleging that police inaction against miscreants have resulted in the proliferation of criminal activities in the area.
Transport services were affected on Jessore Road owing to the blockade leading to bottlenecks in and around the Dum Dum airport.
As per the complaints of the family, police have detailed one Guru Bose with whom the deceased had a business rivalry.
It may be mentioned that some years ago, Sarkar had received bullet injuries in his stomach in Madhyamgram area in the same way as the shootout took place
on Friday.
He, however, recovered after getting admitted to the hospital. According to police sources, the victim has criminal antecedents and was arrested a few months back by the Madhyamgram police for having ganja and an illegal firearm in his possession. He had been granted bail just a few days back.
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