Six armed assailants, one of them allegedly in the guise of a Delhi Police officer, attacked a businessman, barely 500 meters away from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) office in Mangolpuri, South West Delhi, on Wednesday.
The victim, Gaurav Aggarwal —owner of Jagat Basmati Rice— claimed the assailants wanted to kidnap him for ransom but residents foiled their plan.
The police, however , denied that the assailants attempted to kidnap Aggarwal.
“Gaurav Aggarwal, who lives in Pushpanjali Enclave, was on his way to Dwarka in his BMW car along with his driver when he was attacked near Parwana road,” said a police officer on condition of anonymity.
Manish Kumar, the victim’s uncle, said two people on a bike intercepted Aggarwal’s car.
“One of them was wearing a police uniform. He asked the driver to stop the car and then asked him to show his driving licence. In the meantime, four other people travelling in a black Santro car came to the spot,” said Manish Kumar.
“The people on the motorcycle broke the rear window and those in the car started shooting at Gaurav. They tried to drag him out and beat him up with the butt of revolver.”
Aggarwal resisted their attempt and raised an alarm after which people rushed for his rescue. The assailants fled.
Police said that they were looking into the matter and had recorded the statement of the victim.
One held for similar crime this month
The Crime Branch has arrested a man who allegedly tried to kidnap businessman in Rohini on October 13. Two other people are already in custody for the crime.
All the accused were wearing Delhi Police uniforms during the kidnap bid on businessman Mohan Lal Goyal (63). The kidnap bid was foiled by alert policemen patrolling the area.
While two of them were held on the spot, Vijay Kumar (23) fled. The police said Kumar, the third accused, used to work for Goyal. Recently, he started his own car sale-purchase business and incurred huge losses. Kumar was arrested under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jasvir Malik and Inspector Suresh Kumar. The police have taken Kumar on remand for two days. HTC, New Delhi