AMRITSAR: A woman drug Inspector shot dead at point-blank range in Punjab by a chemist whose license she allegedly cancelled nearly ten years ago.
Dr. Neha Shoree, a senior official with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory was posted in Kharar, Mohali, was shot dead inside her FDA office by a man identified as Balwinder Singh, a resident of Morinda.
Though the motive was not yet confirmed, it seems that the accused was nursing a grudge against her for nearly a decade. During a raid at his chemist store in 2009, intoxicant drugs were reportedly recovered following which she cancelled his drugs licence.
Singh shot himself in the head after being cornered by a mob at the gate blocked off his escape.
Meanwhile, Neha’s father, a 1971-war veteran Capt. Kailash Kumar Shoree (retd), does not agree with the 10-year-old enmity story and demanded a high-level independent investigation behind the murder.
Capt. Shoree (retd), told The Sunday Express, “Neha was not comfortable in her job. Sometimes I felt that she was hiding something from us. And whenever I tried to enquire, she avoided my queries. She is a martyr who sacrificed her life in the battle against the drug mafia. Why was my daughter shot dead? It proves she was performing her duty with utmost honesty and did not succumb to any pressure. I participated in the Indo-Pakistan War in 1971 for my country. And today, the drug mafia of this country snatched my daughter from me.”
Shoree is survived by a two-year-old daughter and a abnker husband. Aradhya — Neha’s niece — was sitting next to the 36-year-old slain officer and witnessed the cold blooded murder.