A 43-year-old garments businessman was shot dead by three bike-borne assailants at the gates of his residence in Roshanpura in Old Gurgaon on Friday night. The incident was caught on two CCTV cameras installed outside houses in the area.
The assailants pumped 3-4 bullets into Sanjeev Jindal from close range and, in an attempt to colour the incident as a robbery, they fled with his bag which is believed to have contained cash.
However, quoting Jindal’s relatives, the police said he was not in the habit of carrying money home. “It is more than a robbery and we are investigating the case from all angles,” Sumit Kumar, DCP (West), said.
According to the police, around 10pm, Jindal, who owns a garments showroom in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, was returning home from his shop. He got off the metro at MG Road and boarded a bus to Sadar Bazar.
The police said the CCTV footage shows two men trailing Jindal who got off the bus and was walking home with a backpack and a white polythene bag in his right hand. As he reached the gates to his house, the men fired at him from close range, killing him on the spot.
Jindal was shot in the forehead, neck and shoulder, the police said.
As Jindal fell to the ground, the duo snatched the bag he was carrying. The second CCTV footage shows the two men running towards a motorbike on which a third member is waiting and all three flee the spot. The footage also shows one of them wielding a pistol while the other carried the white polythene bag.
The gunshots alerted Jindal’s family and neighbours who ran outside and rushed Jindal to the hospital,l but he succumbed to injuries by then.
“We heard gunshots and ran to the gate. We saw Sanjeev lying in a pool of blood. Sanjeev did seem not have any enemies. At first, we thought it was a case of robbery, but three bullet injuries have raised suspicions about their motive,” said Amit, Jindal’s cousin.
Jindal used to return home daily around 10 pm, Amit said.
The DCP said, “Initially, it looked like a case of robbery, but after talking to relatives, we realized the assailants probably knew about Jindal’s schedule and travel habits. However, he never carried money along.”
Jindal is survived by two children -- a daughter and son -- and wife. The neighbours said Jindal was a quite person and never used to interfere in anyone’s business.
“Sanjeev was a very quite person. He never used to talk to anyone rudely or disrespectfully. It is shocking that three men shot him mercilessly. We have seen the CCTV footage and it is horrible,” said JN Mangla, an acquaintance of Jindal’s.