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48 hours later, toll collector’s killers untraced

Even 48 hours after the murder of Umeshkant Pandey, a 22-year-old toll collector on the Gurgaon Expressway, the local police are clueless about the killers. Sunil Thapliyal reports.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2011 01:38 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Even 48 hours after the murder of Umeshkant Pandey, a 22-year-old toll collector on the Gurgaon Expressway, the local police are clueless about the killers.

The murder has instead turned into a blame game between the police and Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the company operating the expressway.

The police are alleging that the company allowed crucial evidence to be destroyed by opening the toll lane within 10 minutes of the shooting and it did not wait for a full examination of the crime scene.

Police commissioner SS Deswal, along with other senior police officials and company executives, visited the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza on Saturday afternoon.

“We had asked the company to provide CCTV footage and photographs. We have to identify the assailants. As there was no eyewitness, we were depending only on this CCTV footage but it could not provide crucial details. There is a case of negligence on part of the company,” said Deswal.

The police got information about the crime at 12.46am, 40 minutes after the incident, he added. On the other hand, DGSCL have accused the police of arriving late at the spot.

“The police control room did not take our call. We then called the Kherki Dhaula police station SHO,” said Manoj Aggarwal, CEO of the firm.

Sources said Pandey could have survived had he been taken to a hospital immediately, but toll operators did not inform his supervisor.