Suresh Kumar alias Babu (46), a member of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and a contractor, was injured when he was shot at by another CITU member following disputes over unloading construction material at Karuvatta, near Haripad, on Thursday morning.
Ramesh (42), Panamuttathu house, is reported to have opened fire with an air pistol around 12 noon and the bullet got stuck in Suresh’s left shoulder. Suresh was admitted to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital and the bullet was removed in an emergency surgery. Suresh’s condition is reported to be stable.
According to the police, Suresh did not allow Ramesh to unload the construction material as the latter was in an inebriated condition. A scuffle broke out between the two. Ramesh, who was overpowered by Suresh, rushed to his house and returned with the air pistol and opened fire at Suresh, the police said.
The police arrested Ramesh and seized the pistol from him. The air pistol, for which no licence is required, has been brought by Ramesh’s son from Bangalore and has been used to shoot birds.
Ramesh will be produced before court on Friday.