Charges framed in murder case of Sector 22 trader

A local court on Thursday framed charges of murder and under the Arms Act against three accused for allegedly murdering a trader of Sector 22. Kailash Chand, a Sector 22 trader, was gunned down by a duo who were allegedly in need of money for buying drugs while the third accused was a look-out outside his the shop.

The two, Sanchit Verma and Nazir Khan, were arrested by the Chandigarh Police on July 27, 2012. The third accused in the case, Rakesh Pachar, was arrested on August 1, 2012.

After the two, Sanchit Verma and Nazir Khan were arrested by the police, it was revealed that the assailants had gone with the intention of robbery. While Sanchit waited outside the shop, Nazir and Rakesh went inside the shop with a country-made pistol and a dagger to rob the trader of his gold chain and cash.

However, as the trader resisted, the two opened fire at Kailash and his brother. The case was cracked within 24 hours by the special investigation team constituted by the police which was headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Crime, Satbir Singh.

The two assailants were drug addicts and were in need of money to purchase smack and other drugs. Nazir Khan, a resident of Dhanas, had contacted his friend Sanchit Verma, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh, who was a neighbour of Kailash Chand.

Sanchit often used to visit Kailash Chand's shop to get his mobile phone recharged. He then advised Nazir to strike at Kailash Chand's shop late in the night as he used to keep the rear gate of his shop open after 11 pm.

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