Coal trader shot dead, Rs. 1.2 million robbed

December 24th, 2008 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Dec 24 (IANS) A coal trader was shot and robbed of Rs.1.2 million in cash by unidentified assailants in Jharkhand Wednesday, the police said. Mohit Mohini Lal, a resident of Kolkata, arrived in Dhanbad by train Wednesday morning. Lal then hired a car and collected money from coal traders in the area, according to the police.

When Lal was returning to Dhanbad from Nirsa block, some 240 km from here, his car was intercepted by four unidentified assailants on two motorcycles.

The assailants demanded the bag containing the money from Lal, and when he refused to hand it over, they fired at him indiscriminately. Lal died on the spot and the driver sustained serious injuries, whereas the passenger sitting next to Lal escaped unhurt, the police said.

A search has been launched to nab the assailants, the police said.

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