A 26-year-old man was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants on a busy road in Seelampur area of northeast Delhi on Tuesday.
Police suspect that a property dispute with a close relative may have triggered the murder. However the police were also examining the possibility of a road rage into the incident.
The victim, identified as Anil Walia, was working as an accountant with a travel agency in Connaught Place. The incident occurred around 10 am near Crescent School in Seelampur.
Walia was heading for office on his motorcycle. Police said the two killers flagged Walia and asked him to stop.
“The duo had a conversation with Walia for about five minutes. It seems that Walia knew them well. After some time, one of the two men opened fire on Walia. He was shot on his shoulder and neck at point blank range,” said a senior police officer. A country made-revolver was used in the crime, he added.
A passerby telephoned the police control room (PCR) and Walia was rushed to GTB hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Walia got married a year ago and lived with his wife, parents and siblings at Maujpur area in Seelampur. His wife Rachna is pregnant.
His father Subhash Chandra Walia retired from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Police said the house where Walia lived belonged to his maternal grandfather. After his death, the ownership of the house was transferred to his daughter Sushma’s name, police said. The case was in court and Walia was pursuing the case, which reportedly made his relative unhappy.
Police, however, said they were also probing road rage as a motive behind the crime. “Some eyewitnesses have told us Walia had a fight with some rickshaw pullers before he was shot dead,” said the officer.
Police have registered a case of murder and are looking into the case.