Businessman shot dead in Delhi’s Ridge area (Second Lead)February 22nd, 2009 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) A businessman was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the capital Sunday, possibly due to a financial dispute, the police said.
Unidentified assailants shot at Ankit Minocha, a resident of Mehrauli, and three of his friends as their black Santro car was passing by the Buddha Jayanti Park in the Ridge area of the central Delhi at about 1.30 p.m. The police received the information call at 2 p.m.
“The victim was taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead. He suffered bullet injuries in his head,” a police official said declining to be named.
The police were carrying out forensic examination of the crime scene, where blood had spilled on the road and splattered the victim’s car.
“Nearly seven-eight rounds of bullets were fired. The assailants have managed to flee in their Indica car. The southwest district police have also been alerted as the assailants are suspected to have fled there,” the official said.
“The victim’s friends escaped after leaving Minocha at the hospital. However, it is not clear whether they were also armed or not,” the official added.
The police suspected a financial dispute behind the killing and were looking for two Karol Bagh-based car dealers, Pushkar and Sushil Arora, who are brothers.
“Minocha had gone to Karol Bagh with a man called Mahender and two other friends to meet Pushkar and Sushil. Mahender had given Rs.1 million to the car dealers who allegedly have not returned the amount,” a senior police officer said.
“They had gone to Karol Bagh two days ago too, but did not get any money. Today when they went there again, there were heated arguments between the two sides,” he said.
“After the arguments, when they were returning, an Indica car was following them. As their car reached near the Buddha Jayanti Park, the assailants came close and opened fire at the car Minocha and Mahender were in,” the officer added.
“Forensic examination of the crime site has been conducted. A case has been registered and further investigations are on,” he further said.
“No arrests have been made as yet. It is still unclear how many assailants were in the Indica car and how Minocha’s friends took him to the AIIMS,” the police officer added.
“We are still trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle,” Deputy Commissioner of Police S. Dash told IANS.