Kolkata: The local residents of Malibagan area at Shyamnagar in Dum Dum got terrified after miscreants fired at least three rounds of bullets aimlessly, on the wee hours of Wednesday.
Sources claimed that a notorious criminal of the area identified as Babu Naik is behind the shootout, who had demanded extortion money from a local promoter.
According to sources, some miscreants had demanded extortion money from one Shubhayu Ghosh, who is promoting a construction at Malibagan area. Ghosh was threatened before for the extortion.
On Wednesday at around 4:30 am, three miscreants came to the construction site and forcefully entered the premises. The workers were also threatened with dire consequences if Ghosh did not pay them the extortion money.
Following this, the miscreants allegedly ransacked the site office, fired three rounds of bullets in the air and left the spot. While fleeing the spot, they damaged a pool car which was parked outside the construction site.
Hearing the sound of gunshots, local residents woke up and got panic stricken. Immediately, the workers informed Ghosh about the incident. He informed Dum Dum police station regarding the same and police later started a probe on the basis of the complaint lodged by him.
“A probe is underway. As per the complaint there is no mention of extortion as of now,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Zone II (Belgharia) of Barrackpor Police.
According to local sources, Babu, who is a part of another criminal Rajesh Naik’s gang, was the one behind the incident.
During October last year, in another incident where a promoter was shot at Dum Dum Park area under Lake Town police station jurisdiction, Babu’s name had cropped up.
Rajesh used to be a cause of terror in the area during the last decade. From approximately 2010, his dominance came down.
His rival gang, led by a criminal known as Gedu who used to be a member of Rajesh’s gang, had attacked his sister Rakhi Naik in 2013.