A 25-year-old software engineer was shot dead by a gunman on a busy stretch in Noida’s Sector 67 on Monday afternoon.
Police said the incident took place around 4 pm. Police said the victim, Ankit Chauhan, and his friend Gagan were returning to his home in Prateek Wisteria Complex in Sector 77.
Senior police officers said the assailants blocked Ankit’s Toyota Fortuner with their white sedan and fired at least thrice at Chauhan. They then sped off in the white sedan. Officers said though Gagan escaped unhurt, since he did not know to drive, a passer-by took them to Kailash Hospital where Chauhan was declared dead on arrival.
“Chauhan was returning after meeting his wife, also a software engineer, at her office in Sector 135. He hailed from Meerut and had been married only for a short time,” a senior officer said.
According to police, the white sedan, suspected to be a Honda Accord, pulled up in front of Chauhan’s Toyota Fortuner and forced him to stop. “There were two people in the sedan. One of them began shooting at Chauhan but he missed initially. The assailant then got out of the car even as Chauhan lost control of the Fortuner and collided into a tree. The assailant again shot Chauhan, this time hitting him in the neck. He then got into the car and sped away. With his friend unable to drive, the help of a passer-by was sought to rush Chauhan to the hospital. He was declared brought dead,” a police officer said.
Senior officers said prima facie, it did not seem to be a case of robbery or road rage. “This seems like a premeditated killing because of a personal issue. We have been speaking to the father of the victim as well as the friend who was in the car, but they have not been able to tell us of any problems that Chauhan might have been facing,” a senior officer said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh said all possible measures were being taken to nab the culprits.
“We were told that the attackers came in a white car. So we have set up checkposts to identify the car. But so far, we have not been successful in tracking it. We are speaking to the victim’s family to try to ascertain the motive,” he said.
A case has been registered under appropriate sections of the IPC and further investigations are under way, police said.