A 65-year-old woman was gunned down on Friday afternoon after she allegedly refused to give a pack of cigarettes on credit to the two assailants. Police said the woman, Misro Devi, was shot twice, but eyewitness claim they pumped six bullets into her.
Though the murder, prima facie, appears to be prompted by Misro Devi’s refusal to give them cigarettes on credit, police said they were investigating other motives as well.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pritender Singh said Misro Devi owned 12 bighas of land. “There are two things in this investigation as of now. One, we are looking at eyewitness accounts and, two, we are looking at the land she owned. It was quite valuable and is located in a prime location in Dadri.”
Police are also investigating the possibility of the murder being motivated by family enmity. “Her husband was a history-sheeter and, 28 years ago, he was similarly gunned down,” a senior police officer said.
Police said Misro Devi ran a shop at Dadri’s Tulsi Vihar area. According to eyewitnesses, a little after 12.30 pm, two men turned up at the shop and asked her for a pack of cigarettes. “She gave it to them and asked for money. But they refused to pay her. She then snatched back the cigarette pack and said she doesn’t give credit. That’s when they got angry and shot her,” Hem Singh, who was standing at a shop nearby at that time, said.
“After shooting her, the two rode off. Her shop was on a lonely stretch and there was a bylane nearby that they took. We found her lying in a pool of blood and took her to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival,” Hem Singh said.
Police said Misro Devi was originally from Bil Akbarpur village in Dadri and the shop was usually run by her son, Karamvir.
On Friday, she was at the shop as Karmavir had gone to Bulandshahr. She is survived by five sons and three daughters, police said.
Police, quoting eyewitness, said the two assailants had their helmets on and came to the cigarette shop on a Bajaj Pulsar.
“Eyewitnesses said the one driving the bike had a gun and he fired at Misro Devi after she snatched the box of cigarettes,” a senior police officer said. The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination and the ballistics report of the bullets is being prepared.
While eyewitnesses said the gun was fired six times, the post-mortem report says only two bullets entered her body — one in the head and another in her abdomen.