A 29-year-old area manager of a pharmaceutical company was shot at by two bike-borne assailants. The victim, Ganesh Puri, was trying to prevent them from robbing his wife in a crowded market in northeast Delhi on Friday, police said. Puri bled to death as no one volunteered to take him to the nearest hospital.
"The incident was reported from Bhajanpura's gali number 8 at 9:30 pm," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The incident took place in the crowded weekly market when Ganesh, his wife Mohini and their six-month-old daughter, Angel, were having snacks at a roadside food stall.
"Two persons on a motorcycle stopped behind Mohini and tried to snatch her bag and chain," the officer said.
Ganesh grabbed the man driving the bike by the collar and asked him to leave Mohini.
"At this, the pillion rider took out a pistol and shot near Ganesh's feet. When Ganesh didn’t back off despite the warning shot, the assailant fired another shot, this time in Ganesh’s abdomen. The duo then fled," said the officer.
"Ganesh was bleeding but no one helped. Finally, someone drove us to the GTB hospital. But time was wasted in formalities there, too," Mohini said.
Ganesh underwent an operation for almost three-and-a-half hours but succumbed to his injuries at 4.30 am.
After the post-mortem, the body was handed over to the family.
"The body has been taken to Agra for cremation and a case of murder has been registered at the Bhajanpura Police Station. Investigations are on," the officer added.