A 42-year-old jeweller, Atul Goel, with five business establishments in the city area, was found shot to death inside his car, the police said. His car, a WagonR, was found parked in Kavi Nagar C-block on Saturday morning.
According to the victim's elder brother Anil, Atul went to open his showroom in the Town Hall area around 10.30am on Saturday. However, he suddenly left the showroom saying he would be back soon.
“Atul told us he would be back in five minutes and left in his WagonR,” said Raj Kumar, a businessman in the area who arrived at the showroom just before the victim left the shop.
Kumar said that about 15 minutes later when he called the victim, Atul told Kumar he was abducted. “He told me he was kidnapped and started crying. He then disconnected the call,” Kumar said.
Another jeweller, Naveen Garg, too, got a similar message from the victim. “Atul told me he had been kidnapped and told me to inform his family about the incident,” Garg said, adding he had called the victim about some business transaction.
The police were informed of the incident, who launched a search party to find Atul.
“We received information that an injured man was found inside a WagonR in Kavi Nagar area. The man was later identified as Atul Goel,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
Atul was taken to Yashoda Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
“He had a bullet injury on the left side of his head. The bullet was stuck inside, leading to his death,” hospital chief medical superintendent, Dr Arvind Sharma, told Hindustan Times.
Atul’s body was later sent for post-mortem examination on Saturday afternoon.
Although the family lodged an abduction and murder case against unknown persons at Ghanta Ghar police station, the police ruled out kidnapping and robbery as motive.
“We are probing business rivalry motive as strongly indicated by our investigations. No kidnapper would allow the victim to tell his family or friends that he has been kidnapped,” Lal said.
The police said they suspected at least three persons who contacted the victim on Friday night and on Saturday morning.