After the Gurgaon Police failed to make a single arrest even a week after the shooting on MG Road, they called a review meeting on Wednesday to discuss the investigation in the case.
On July 15, an auto-rickshaw driver had been killed and two others seriously injured when five gunmen in a Santro opened fire on a SUV on the busy road during rush hour. Their target was reportedly Rakesh Hayatpur, an accused in 18 cases including murder, extortion and attempt to murder, who was travelling in the SUV. Rakesh escaped unhurt.
In the meeting, various plans to nab the suspected shooters was discussed while the various teams involved in the investigation were asked to work in co-ordination.
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The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) V P Godara.
Though police have obtained footage of the incident from CCTV cameras installed in the area, the quality of the footage is unclear, sources said. “We have also identified the car used in the attack. It is a silver Santro, registered in the name of Ramswaroop Gangwani who has a Ghaziabad address. Further investigation has revealed that the owner had sold the car months ago and moved to Gurgaon,” an officer said.
The police teams, which have conducted raids in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have already identified four suspects in this case.
“Sandeep alias Dabbu, who is in Bhondsi Jail, is believed to be the main conspirator. His maternal uncle Narender had a tiff with Rakesh Hayatpur over a piece of land. He has also been named in the FIR. Kapil, who was arrested for the possession of illegal arms a day before the shooting, and one more man named Bishambar, accused of arranging arms for the attack, are the other suspects”, said ACP (Crime) Rajesh Kumar Chechi.
While Sandeep and Kapil are already in police custody, Chechi said police was hopeful about arresting the other suspects soon.
Meanwhile, auto-rickshaw unions have been demanding compensation for the family of auto-rickshaw driver Kamal Dang, who was killed in the shooting. Over 500 auto-rickshaw drivers of the CNG Auto Welfare Association have appealed to the Haryana government to donate Rs 20 lakh to Dang’s family.
They have also urged the state government to give Rs 10 lakh to another auto-rickshaw driver, who was critically injured after his vehicle was completely crushed by the SUV.