One dead, four injured in firing incident in Shimla

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Shimla, Jun 30 (UNI) At least one person was shot dead and four others injured in a firing incident in an industrial unit at Shogi, about 16 km from here, in Himachal Pradesh today, police said.

Trouble is said to have been brewing between Supermax management and the workers union for quiet sometime after it had sacked nine employees recently, Shimla SP RM Sharma told UNI here.

''In the afternoon when the union workers tried to submit a memorandum about their demands to the management, personal security guards stopped them from meeting the managing director of the unit,'' he added.

Mr Sharma said, however, these guards later resorted to unprovoked firing killing one person and injuring four others.

Amarjit Singh, 24, a resident of Mashobra, with a bullet injury to the head died in the incident, while another person, identified as Pankaj, with a bullet injury on the arm has been brought to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital.

Three others identified as Sunil, Ravi Kant and Ashok, have also been admitted to the hospital.

A case under 302/34 of the IPC and section 25 of the Arms Act has been registered against the guards, Mr Sharma said.

The Shimla SP said they had arrested eight people and have seized five weapons, including revolvers and pistols. Among those arrested was Vijay Kumar Tripathi, the general manager of Tigaksha Metallics (Supermax) Shoghi, which manufactures disposable razors at the unit.

The police were also on the lookout for two more management persons of the unit who fled from the site after the firing took place, Mr Sharma added.

Following the firing incident, a huge crowd blocked the Kalka- Shimla highway for more than three hours.

The police after negotiating with the protesting crowd managed to throw end the blockade at about 1930 hrs.

Earlier, the crowd went on the rampage and damaged and partially burnt five buses and two small vehicles of the company.

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