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Badarpur: Cashier, guard shot dead in robbery bid, suspects flee with wrong bag

A cashier and a security guard were shot dead by unidentified assailants this morning at a toll booth in Delhi's Badarpur area.

The victims lived in a rented accommodation barely 200 m from the Badarpur toll plaza. The company they worked for was hired by the MCD to collect toll. (Express Photo by: Amit Mehra)
The victims lived in a rented accommodation barely 200 m from the Badarpur toll plaza. The company they worked for was hired by the MCD to collect toll. (Express Photo by: Amit Mehra)

Two employees of a private cash company were shot dead at their rented accommodation by four armed assailants in southeast Delhi’s Badarpur area Sunday morning. The incident, which police believe was a robbery attempt, occurred 200 m away from the Badarpur toll plaza.

Police said two of the suspects lived in the house adjacent to the victims and were preparing for the police service exam.

DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said the victims were identified as Manmohan Sharma (60) from Rajasthan, and Mahipal Singh Yadav (42) from Etah. Sharma was a cashier and Yadav worked as a guard at DEP Toll Pvt Limited. Both worked there for the past eight years. The company was hired by the municipal corporation to collect toll, said an officer.

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He added, “The incident came to light at about 7.45 am Sunday. A colleague, Gajendra, made a PCR call saying two of his colleagues had been shot at by armed assailants. Police rushed to the spot and took the victims to a nearby hospital where they died of injuries.”

A case was later registered at Badarpur police station. “Six of the employees were sleeping in their rooms. Yadav was standing in front of the house when three men barged in and hit him. They dragged him to the room where Sharma was sleeping. The fourth assailant locked all the other doors. They threatened the men. When they resisted, the assailants shot them,” said the officer.

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The men then grabbed a laptop bag mistaking it for a cash bag and fled the spot on their motorbike.

Raids are being conducted in Gurgaon and Noida to nab the accused. “Police are also looking into the rivalry angle. Three days ago, the victims had an argument with some men near the toll plaza. Police are scanning the plaza’s CCTV footage to identify the men,” said a senior officer.

“The company had taken five rooms on rent around a year ago. Six months later, the employees vacated. But a month ago, the company again rented five rooms in the same locality. The accommodation also had a safe,” said an officer. Police later searched the adjacent flat from where they recovered books and some documents. Rs 50 lakh in cash was found in the safe, said an officer.