A brazen car-jacking went horribly wrong for two thieves,when one of them shot the other dead by mistake on Wednesday afternoon in Greater Noida.
The two car thieves have not been identified.
Police said they had held a cab driver,Sandeep (25),at gun-point,forced him on the rear seat and drove away his Toyota Etios from Knowledge Park.
Sandeep had taken a passenger to Sharda Hospital in Knowledge Park. Once the passenger went inside,Sandeep locked his car from inside and went to sleep on the drivers seat, a senior police officer said.
Around 2 pm,two men rode up to the car on a motorcycle and knocked on his window,police said.
Sandeep thought they were policemen checking for identity. When he rolled down the window,one of them put his hand through the window and unlocked the door. They pushed him to the rear seat,abandoned the bike and drove away the car, the officer said.
Police said Sandeep continued to resist the abduction attempt,leading one of the accused to turn around and shoot at him.
At one point,the driver turned around to shoot Sandeep,but the bullet missed him and hit the accomplice on the head. He died on the spot. The shooter got out of the car and fled, the officer said.
Sandeep,a resident of Vasant Vihar in Southwest Delhi,said: I kept trying to jump out of the car. The man who was sitting on the passenger seat was holding my hands. I think they intended to kidnap me as well. But since I was struggling,the driver turned around and tried to shoot me,but the bullet hit the other guy.
Police found their abandoned motorcycle near Sharda Hospital,but it does not have a registration number. Police also recovered a mobile phone from the man who was killed. With the help of the two,police are now trying to identify the absconding accused.