Four unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at a woman in the parking area of a posh hotel in the capital city’s Krishna Nagar area on Saturday night, police said.
The 32-year-old victim has been identified as Monica, wife of a local businessman.
A security guard of the Sky Hilton hotel, who tried to rescue the woman, also sustained bullet injuries.
Monica suffered bullet wounds on her neck while guard Shailendra Tiwari was hit in his right hand. The duo was rushed to King George’s Medical University (KGMU)’s trauma centre where the woman’s condition was stated to be critical.
The initial probe revealed that Monica, who is the second wife of Deoria-based businessman Sanjay Kedia, was coming out of the hotel after dinner around 9pm when she was attacked.
In her statement she claimed her estranged husband could be behind the attack, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Deepak Kumar said.
Monica stays in the city’s Vijay Nagar locality while Kedia and his first wife stay in Deoria.
The woman told police that Kedia married her around a year ago by concealing information about his first marriage.
But she got separated from him soon after coming to know about his first wife.
The security guard told cops that four assailants riding on two bikes opened fired at the woman when she reached near her Honda City car in the parking area outside the hotel.
At least four bullets hit the woman’s car as she tried to hide herself behind the vehicle. One bullet hit her on the neck.
The assailants fled towards Kanpur.
The SSP said forensic experts and electronic surveillance teams were called to the spot and the police was trying to retrieve the video footage of CCTV cameras installed at the hotel entrance.
“Efforts are also on to track the woman’s husband,” said the SSP.