A day after Arindam Pal, a 35-year-old senior manager at the Faridabad office of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Limited was shot dead, allegedly by a sacked employee, his family has alleged that the accused had started threatening him days after he was sacked in August.
The incident took place around 1.10 pm Friday, when the accused, Vishwash Pandey, entered the Tata Steel premises in Faridabad and shot Pal five times in the stomach. Pal was rushed to Fortis Escorts hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
“He had been threatening him over the phone and via email. He also sent my son a picture of himself with a gun on WhatsApp around a month ago,” said Hemant Kumar Pal, Arindam’s father.
TSPDL said Pandey had been employed with the company between 2015 and 2018. Police said he had been laid off “four to five months ago”, on the basis of a report finding him guilty of “indiscipline”. The report had been submitted by Pal.
“Arindam told me Pandey had grabbed a senior executive’s collar at a company party, and threatened to close the plant down. This happened in June, and the inquiry was initiated against him after that,” his father said said.
Arindam’s wife, who lived with him and their daughter in Faridabad’s Sainik Colony but was in Kolkata at the time of the incident, said, “He told us a few weeks ago that Pandey had come to the main gate, and his colleagues told him he was waiting for him there. My husband had been getting threats from him. To avoid him entirely, he left his car in the office and left the premises from another gate in a cab.” Police are yet to arrest the accused.
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