A 61-year-old dentist was shot dead inside his clinic in southwest Delhi’s Palam area Friday night. The victim has been identified as Balwant Singh Ramawat, said police. He had been practicing in the area for the last 30 years.
According to police, the incident occurred Friday at 10 pm when Singh was leaving his clinic after work.
“Two persons entered his clinic posing as patients and shot him in the neck,” said a senior police officer.
According to locals, the assailants shut the doors of the clinic after shooting Ramawat. Police said he was taken to a hospital by a neighbour where he was declared dead.
Police suspect it to be a case of personal enmity. An officer said Ramawat had taken loans for the marriage of his daughters and had to pay them off.
He added that the victim was also involved in a property dispute. Police said they are scanning CCTV footage from the area.
“A team has been formed to nab the assailants. A case has been registered under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code at Palam police station,” said the officer.
A relative, Anand Prakash, said Ramawat lived with his family in Dwarka Sector 1 and usually consulted patients at his clinic during the evenings.
He said robbery does not seem to be the motive of the crime as the assailants did not steal Ramawat’s mobile phone or wallet.