Businessman shot dead in Delhi’s Ridge area (Third Lead)

February 23rd, 2009 - 12:19 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) A businessman was shot dead in the heart of the capital Sunday afternoon in a possible case of a financial dispute gone wrong, the police said.
Unidentified assailants shot at Ankit Minocha, a resident of Mehrauli, and four of his friends as their black Santro car was passing by the Buddha Jayanti Park in the southern Ridge area of central Delhi around 1.30 p.m. The police received the information call at 2 p.m.

“Minocha along with his friend Mahender and seven associates had gone to Karol Bagh to meet two car dealers, Pushkar and Sushil Arora, who are brothers. Mahender had given Rs.1 million to the car dealers who allegedly have not returned the money,” a police officer said, declining to be identified.

“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,” the officer added.

“After the arguments, they were returning in two separate cars. Minocha was driving a car and there were four others in the vehicle while Mahender was in another car,” the police said.

“Minocha stopped for a minute near the Buddha Jayanti Park while Mahender went ahead. Just then, the assailants who were following them opened fire at Minocha’s car,” the officer added.

“He was hit by two bullets while Surender, who was also in the car, suffered a bullet hit on his back. They were taken to the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) where Minocha was declared brought dead while Surender is undergoing treatment,” the officer said.

The police carried out forensic examination of the crime scene, where blood had spilled on the road and splattered the victim’s car.

“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 police officer said.

“The others in Minocha’s car fled after the incident. However, it is not clear whether they were also armed or not,” the police officer added.

The police have registered a case and have launched investigations.

Police sources said Pushkar was detained late in the evening and was being interrogated. They added that it was still unclear how many assailants were in the Indica car.

Deputy Commissioner of police (New Delhi) S. Dash, however, refused to confirm or deny whether Pushkar was arrested and said: “We are still trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle.”

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