Ankit Chauhan, the TCS software engineer who was gunned down on Monday afternoon, had called his family moments before he was shot to say that he was being followed, the police have said. They said on Tuesday that they have uncovered CCTV footage showing Chauhan being followed by the suspected assailants as he was returning home after meeting his wife.
Police sources said that a family member of the deceased had been detained by the police for interrogation on suspicion on being involved in the murder.
The 25-year-old engineer was shot dead by a gunman along a busy stretch in Noida’s Sector 67. He had gone to meet his wife — also a software engineer — at her office in Sector 135.
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At around 4 pm, police officers said, the assailants blocked Ankit’s Toyota Fortuner SUV with their white sedan and fired at least thrice at Chauhan. They then sped off.
Chauhan’s friend Gagan, who was in the car with him, escaped unhurt. But since he did not know how to drive, a passer-by took them to Kailash Hospital where Chauhan was declared brought dead.
On Monday, the police said that after scanning the CCTV footage, they saw the white sedan — suspected to be a Honda Accord — begin following Chauhan’s Fortuner, as he left his wife’s office. “The car can be seen in the footage. It keeps its distance from Chauhan’s vehicle. It is clearly a premeditated murder and we can completely rule out any question of it being an incident of road rage. He had also called his family and said that he was being followed,” said deputy superintendent Raj Kumar Mishra.
Police sources said Chauhan was speaking to a family member while driving towards his home. “He was on the phone all the way till the (assailants’) car overtook their car and began firing,” said the officer.
The police added that the number plates on the white sedan seem fake. “We matched it with our database, but it appears that false number plates were installed,” an officer said.
However, the police admitted that there still seemed little clarity about the motive. “We are speaking to (victim’s) family about any personal issue that he might have been facing. But there doesn’t seem to be any clarity on that,” a senior officer said. He said they were married in March and didn’t seem to have any financial troubles.