Rajinder Verma, a jeweller, was shot at and injured grievously in the face at his Sai Road-based shop in the Baddi industrial area by three unidentified youths who fled away after looting valuables worth Rs 50 lakh around 9 am on Sunday.

The incident was a well-planned move as the youths, who appeared to be migrants, had visited the shop yesterday and enquired about a pair of ear-rings from Verma. Verma had told them that either he or his son would be available at the shop this morning and they could collect the ear-rings.

These youths arrived at his shop on next morning and shot at him and looted the shop. They fled from the scene on a two-wheeler. Verma was rushed to a local nursing home by his son. Verma revealed about the looting incident after gaining consciousness and the police was informed. He was later referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition was stated to be stable. Baddi Police had registered a case and was on the lookout for the three miscreants.

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