A toy shop owner was stabbed to death and his wife injured in Booth Market under Sector 26, Chandigarh on Wednesday, police said.
The deceased was identified as Avtar Singh, 39, a resident of Bapu Dham settlement. His injured wife, Simranjit Kaur, was taken to hospital.
The attacker, Jai Kishan, 29, also runs a toy store at Booth Market opposite victim Avtar Singh’s shop. Police say Kishan murdered Avtar Singh to eliminate his business rival. They added that the two traders often had heated arguments.
Sources said Avtar Singh was stabbed in the chest near the heart. Kishan stabbed Kaur in the stomach as she tried to save her husband. The attacker is currently on the run.
Kuldeep Singh, brother of victim Avtar Singh, transported the injured couple at GMSH-16 in a private vehicle. Avtar Singh did not survive the acute injuries and died minutes after arriving at the hospital. Kaur’s condition is declared stable. She was referred to PGI.
“Initial investigation suggests that there was a dispute between Avtar Singh and Jai Kishan over the issue of toy sales, customers and prices. Today they engaged in heated discussions which culminated to the murder of Avtar Singh. We have registered a case of murder,” said Inspector Maninder Singh, Police Station Officer (SHO) of Sector 26 Police Station.
The police said they would arrest Kishan soon.