Placing his hand on a roadside car cost an executive of a city-based advertising firm his life with the owner of the vehicle shooting him dead on a busy road in broad daylight in Lucknow Saturday afternoon. The incident took place in Vivek Khand area under Gomti Nagar police station, police said.
Ritesh Awasthi, 37, a resident of Indira Nagar, suffered two gunshots. He was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Ashwini Mishra, a colleague who was with Awasthi, at the time of incident told the police that an argument started when one of the three persons sitting in a car parked near Mithaiwala Chauraha objected to Awasthi’s placing his hand on the car.
Mishra said he and Awasthi, both employed with the Origins Advertising Private Ltd, had reached the spot at 3.30pm to ensure that some outdoor advertisements were in place.
According to Mishra, the argument between Awasthi and the man in the car soon turned into a scuffle.
The man, according to an eyewitness, fished out a pistol and fired twice. Awasthi suffered the first gunshot on his chest and as he tried to flee, the assailant shot him in his back. He collapsed after moving a few feet. According to eyewitnesses, two other men who were present in the car fled with the vehicle, leaving the alleged killer behind.
The killer then threatened one Yashvendra Singh, a B Com student who had stopped his motorcycle on seeing the commotion on the road. The killer pushed down Singh and fled with his motorcycle.
According to Singh, the killer was in his early 30s. Singh said some locals carried Awasthi to a nearby private hospital. From there he was referred to the Lohia Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Gomti Nagar police station in-charge Akhilesh Chandra Pandey said as per the Mishra’s account, the killing occurred on the spur of the moment. He said the argument began after heated words were exchanged between Awasthi and the man sitting in the car who objected to Awasthi’s having put his hand on the car.
Pandey said the killing was not recorded by any CCTV camera and the footage from the surrounding areas is being accessed to trace any possible visuals of the accused.
Awasthi’s family hails from Etawah. His mother has been in hospital for last few days.