NEW DELHI: In what appears to be the fallout of a financial dispute, a 23-year-old property dealer was shot dead and his friend injured in broad daylight by some unidentified assailants in a Tata Indica car in the Ridge area near Chanakyapuri here on Sunday.
It all happened around 2 p.m. when Mahinder, who runs a transport company in Mehrauli, and his men were returning from Karol Bagh where they had gone to recover Rs.10 lakh loaned to two car dealers Sushil Arora and Pushkar recently. While Mahinder and three others were in a Maruti Esteem car, five others including his nephew Sunil were trailing them in a black Santro car.
When the Santro was passing through Buddha Jayanti Park towards Dhaula Kuan, the Indica car rammed into it from behind, forcing the driver to swerve to the left and jam the brakes. The Indica too pulled up, following which its occupants opened fire at the Santro. While Sunil escaped unhurt, Ankit sustained bullet injuries in the head. Surender, who was also seated next to Sunil in the rear seat, got off the car and tried to flee, but the assailants fired at him, injuring him in the hip. The assailants then sped away.
A passer-by, Satpal, informed the police and rushed the victims to the trauma centre of the AIIMS. While Ankit succumbed to his injuries , Surender has been kept under observation.
The police said Ankit, son of businessman Rajiv Minocha, was also a resident of Mehrauli. He was vice-chairman of the Mehrauli Punjab Society and dealt in properties. His father runs a factory.
While the police are trying to identify the assailants, they suspect that there was a heated exchange of words between the two parties over repayment of the money, before the shooting incident took place. Mahinder told the police that he had gone to Karol Bagh to collect the money on Friday, but was told to come on Sunday.
Mahinder came to know about the incident when he reached Bhikaji Cama Place.
The police have registered a case of murder and attempt-to-murder and launched a hunt for the suspects. Pushkar, who was found in his office, is being questioned to get a clue to the incident. “We are trying to reconstruct the sequence of events,” said a police officer, adding that some more persons had been picked up for questioning.