Dhanbad: A trader was critically injured after unidentified assailants shot at him in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district, police said today.
The incident happened around 11.25 pm at Dhanbad's Purana Bazar under the jurisdiction of Bank More police station yesterday, the police said.
The injured trader, Pappu Khan was taken to a hospital in Durgapur in the neighbouring state of West Bengal.
Pappu Khan alias Pappu Pachak along with his children had gone to Purana Bazar for shopping.
Two assailants approached his car, shot at him and fled the scene.
At least 12 to 15 shots were fired at Pappu, police sources said.
The City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Piyush Pandey, DSP Naval Sharma and the officer in-charge of Bank More police station, Akhileswar Chaubey reached the spot immediately after the incident.
The police will take appropriate action against the accused, Piyush Pandey, the CSP said.
"The suspected assailants are being traced," he said.
Involvement of Wasseypur gangs cannot be ruled out since the incident of firing appeared to be related to extortion, police sources said.
Wasseypur is a locality in Dhanbad known for mafia activities.