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Pragaret 'Charlie' Singh: Brother battled to keep businessman alive

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Media captionTiggy Singh tried to keep his brother conscious before paramedics arrived

The brother of a man who was shot dead during a robbery in Manchester has described how he tried to keep him conscious before paramedics arrived.

Father-of-three Pragaret Singh, 35, from Swinton, was found with stomach and chest wounds at Manchester Food Traders in Openshaw, on 31 October.

Tiggy Singh said he received a phone call in which Pragaret - known as Charlie - said: "Bro, I've been shot".

After rushing back to the store, Tiggy was able to speak to his brother.

He said he asked him: "Can you hear me?"

Charlie, Tiggy said, was able to reply: "Yes I can, but I can't see you."

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Image caption Pragaret Singh, known as Charlie, was shot dead during the robbery at Manchester Food Traders

Greater Manchester Police said Charlie was carrying "thousands of pounds" when he was attacked outside the family business.

Tiggy said he had left the premises slightly earlier, with his brother due to close up for the night.

He rushed back to the business on Wood Street and arrived before police and paramedics.

'Like a nightmare'

Tiggy said: "Charlie was still conscious, he was speaking to me. I made him say his son's name, I made him say some holy names.

"I was talking to the paramedics at the same time, they said 'try your best to keep him conscious, feed him some water, splash some on his face'".

"All of a sudden he starts breathing really differently, I start to panic and say 'brother, do not leave me'."

Tiggy said more than 1,000 people have visited Charlie's home to pay their respects.

He said that when he tries to sleep, he hears his brother's voice and the doctor telling him he had died.

"It's like a nightmare when I close my eyes", he said.

A 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail until the end of January.

The Singh family has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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