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Punjab: Woman drug inspector shot dead in her office

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Neha Shorie

A senior health official from Punjab’s Kharar town has been shot dead in her office by a chemist whose license she reportedly had cancelled a decade ago.

The accused identified as Balwinder Singh entered her office and fired three bullets from his licensed revolver at victim Neha Shorie.

The incident took place at around 11.40 am on Friday, a police official said.

After firing bullets at 36-year old woman health officer, the accused tried to flee the spot on his motorcycle but was caught, the official added. She was posted with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar and dealth with licensing in Mohali and Ropar districts.

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“The people nearby caught hold of him. After being held, he initially tried to threaten those who had caught hold of him by pointing his revolver towards them but when he found trapped, he fired at himself,” the official was quoted by PTI as saying.

Kharar DSP, who reached the spot, took the accused into custody. Singh is undergoing treatment at PGIMER at Chandigarh and is in a critical state, police said.

A case of murder has been registered and investigation is already in progress, official said.

Preliminary probe revealed that the accused was running a chemist shop in Morinda and in 2009, Shorie, who was then posted as District Drugs Inspector in Ropar, had raided his store and had reportedly recovered intoxicant drugs from there, following which she had cancelled his drugs licence.

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