Guwahati, Jan 12: Police arrested a 70-year-old man for allegedly opening indiscriminate fire from atop his multi-storied residence in Goalpara town in western Assam, injuring six persons on Monday.
Official sources today said that the accused, identified as Animesh Chandra Roy, was arrested and his licensed gun seized by police.
The injured persons, identified as Ranjit Das, Swapan Das, Dipankar Das, Rinku Das, Moidul Islam and a woman, Gitumoni Das, were admitted to a private hospital in Goalpara town.
However, four of the injured are reported to be in a critical state and have been referred to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
The incident occurred on Monday noon when former municipal councilor, Debo Nath accompanied by his friends came to Roy’s residence near the Goyatuli old crematorium.
Reportedly, Roy had gone to Nath’s house earlier in the day carrying a sharp weapon. Witnesses stated that the accused apparently went on a rampage thereafter, damaging Nath’s car, furniture, television and other items.
According to sources, the accused had also threatened Nath’s mother and wife. But after they raised a hue and cry, he left the house.
The accused had fired two rounds of bullets from his licensed double barrel breech loading (DBBL) gun. He has been arrested and his licensed gun has been seized. Further investigation is on to ascertain the motive behind the firing even as police suspect personal rivalry.