A woman drug inspector was shot dead by an armed assailant at the Drug & Chemical Testing Laboratory at Kharar near the Punjab capital of Chandigarh on Friday. The attacker, Balwinder Singh, 50, hailed from Morinda near the city and had a “chemist shop” there.
The victim, Dr Neha Shoree, was the Zonal Licensing Authority of Food and Drug Administrator. In September 2009, Neha was posted as a Drug Inspector in Ropar district, when she raided Balwinder’s shop. During the raid, 35 types of tablets used by drug addicts were recovered and Balwinder could not produce any supporting documents to justify having them on his premises. That was when she cancelled his licence.
Balwinder Singh feeling he had been wronged wanted to take revenge for losing his license, and 10 years on he returned to shoot Shoree and then killed himself.
Singh, who was wearing a red-coloured jacket, fired four bullets at the 38-year-old woman officer. After the shootout, the man ran out of the building and tried to escape on his motorcycle, which was parked outside. However, Suresh Kumar, a laboratory attendant, chased him and caught hold of the assailant when he was about to start his motorbike. The assailant first tried to shoot at Suresh, but fell onto the road due to being dragged by his motorcycle , he then ended up firing at himself, reported The Tribune.
Both Shoree and Singh were rushed to a private hospital nearby, where the officer was declared dead on arrival while the attacker died soon after. The police said they have recovered the revolver used in the crime and a knife wrapped in a newspaper from Singh.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has directed the DGP for a thorough probe into the incident.
According to the police, Singh reached the FDA office on his motorbike around 10.30 am. He entered Shoree’s office, fired two bullets at her and shouted “Happy Holi”.