Noida police on Thursday claimed to have uncovered CCTV footage showing “partially visible” images of the man who allegedly gunned down a software engineer in Sector 67 on Monday. Police sources described him as “well-built, in a T-shirt and having a tattoo on his arm”.
After recovering the CCTV footage, which allegedly shows the accused fleeing the scene, police have released his sketch to the public. “We were able to identify the white sedan and trace its movements. One CCTV camera gave us an image of the accused, through which we were able to generate the sketch,” a senior police officer said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Raj Kumar Mishra confirmed that police now believe that the 28-year-old cousin of victim Ankit Chauhan is the prime suspect in the case.
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SSP (Gautam Buddh Nagar) Preetinder Singh has asked the investigation wing of the Noida Crime Branch to assist in the probe.
Though police continued to maintain that the cousin, who was picked up for questioning earlier, was the focus of the investigation, the lack of concrete evidence in the case required them to consider all possible motives. However, officers admitted, that the identity of the man in the footage could prove to be the vital link that they have been looking for.
Police said the cousin had in the past threatened to kill Ankit. “He had turned up drunk at Ankit’s father’s house in Meerut and loudly threatened to kill Ankit,” the officer said.
Police added that the cousin’s father and Ankit’s father have an ongoing feud dating back several years.
Gagan, who was in the car at the time of the shooting and escaped unhurt, was also questioned for a second time on Thursday. “Gagan worked in the same IT firm in Bangalore where Ankit’s wife had also worked prior to marriage,” an officer said. As per police sources, Gagan and Ankit had been planning on starting an online retailing business and had been working closely on it.
Police officers said they have also questioned Ankit’s family regarding their property business in Meerut.