Businessman robbed and shot dead in Delhi

April 12th, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Three assailants robbed a 64-year-old businessman of Rs.40,000 and shot him dead when he tried to resist them in north Delhi, the police said Sunday.
The attack took place around 10 p.m. Saturday at the recently opened Geeta Colony bridge in Kotwali area.

“The victim, Rajendra Pal Singh, had boarded ‘phatphat seva’ (a shared point-to-point taxi service) from Chandni Chowk to his home in Krishna Nagar area of east Delhi. The robbers intercepted the auto ‘phatpat seva’ on the bridge,” a senior police officer said.

“The robbers, who were on a motorcycle, asked Singh to hand over his hand bag to them. He had Rs.40,000 in the bag. But when Singh resisted, one of the robbers, who was trying to snatch the bag, shot him from his country made weapon,” the official added.

Singh was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced brought dead and the police and his family were informed.

“The victim was a wholesale dealer in grains and owned a shop in Hauz Qazi area,” the officer said.

“His family revealed that he never used to carry cash more than Rs.1,000-1,200 with him. However, on Saturday evening he received a payment of Rs.40,000, which he was carrying while returning home.”

“Some other important documents that were in his handbag were taken away by the assailants.” The victim is survived by his wife and two sons Puneet and Rajkumar.

“His family said that Singh used to return with his son Rajkumar on scooter everyday. But Saturday Rajkumar had left the shop early due to some work,” the police said.

Residents, who later gathered at the crime spot, alleged that the bridge area has become unsafe in the absence of proper street lighting and police patrolling.

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