Youth shot dead in Canada

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jy­ot­sna Jalali chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­

■ PANCHKULA: A 27-year-old res­i­dent of Panchkula, Alok Gupta, was shot dead on the Christ­mas eve in Sur­rey, Vancouver, Canada, while he was work­ing as a sub­sti­tute for his owner at a store so that the lat­ter could spend Christ­mas with his fam­ily.

Alok, a pass-out from Birla In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment and Tech­nol­ogy, Noida, had moved to Canada six months ago to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion. He had taken a part-time job in a small gro­cery store in Sur­rey.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian press, Alok's as­sailants are at large and the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. The po­lice said Alok might have been shot with an in­ten­tion of rob­bing the store as cash was looted from the store.

Af­ter Alok was shot at, he re­port­edly went across the street ask­ing for help, but by the time

■ help ar­rived, he had died. He was found in a pool of blood. He has no crim­i­nal past here and in Canada.

He is the fourth such vic­tim who has been killed in Sur­rey in the re­cent past. When the in­ci­dent took place, Alok's par­ents were away to Ger­many, where their daugh­ter lives, to cel­e­brate Christ­mas.

Af­ter his school­ing from St Stephen's School in Chandi­garh, he did his grad­u­a­tion from DAV Col­lege. He started work­ing with ICICI Bank in Chandi­garh af­ter get­ting his man­age­ment de­gree from Noida.

Alok's fa­ther Hari­vansh Gupta, a re­tired chief en­gi­neer from Pun­jab, has been liv­ing with his wife in Panchkula.

Gupta, who was on way to Panchkula from Delhi, said, "It has come as a shock to us. My son had no ri­valry with any­one and was in­no­cent. My nephew, who lives in Canada, has been handed over the body and will be send­ing it to us here."

Alok's friends and rel­a­tives in the town re­called Alok as an op­ti­mist, full of life.

The Face­book pro­file of Alok filled with con­do­lence mes­sages as the word spread. Many of his friends have crit­i­cised the Cana­dian govern­ment and the po­lice for the in­ci­dent. His sis­ter Aditi Gupta Bhutani, too, has sent a mes­sage on the In­ter­net, de­mand­ing jus­tice for her brother.

Alok Gupta

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