A 32-year-old businessman was allegedly shot at and subsequently robbed at his office in northeast Delhi on Saturday afternoon, police said.
Identified as Amit Garg, who runs a fodder business and owns a shop at Harsh Vihar, the victim was attacked by three armed assailants who barged into his shop in the Chhota Bazar area around 12:30 pm.
“They were armed and had covered their faces with cloth,” said an officer. “They simply barged into the shop, brandishing their weapons, when Garg, one of his employees and two relatives were present inside.”
According to the police, the men kept their gun at Garg’s temple and asked him to hand over cash from the shop’s locker. When he resisted, one of them shot him in the face as the others grabbed some cash kept on the shop’s counter and fled.
The police were informed even as Garg was rushed to the Max Balaji Hospital where he is undergoing treatment. His condition is said to be critical.
“A police and forensics team investigated the crime spot and a case of attempt to murder and robbery was registered at the Harsh Vihar police station. Cash amounting to around Rs. 10,000 was found missing from the shop,” the officer said. Police said initial investigation seemed to suggest that the assailants had conducted a proper recce of Garg’s movements and were aware that he kept huge amounts of cash in his locker.
“It seems that the assailants were tipped-off about Garg. However, there was not as much cash in his locker as they might have expected before executing the attack. The involvement of an insider or one of the victim’s own relatives is quite probable and is being probed,” the officer added.