The daylight murder of a top executive of Aero Club, which deals in Woodland shoes and apparel, has spurred police to probe for a strong motive for the crime and led the force to question at least three persons in Delhi and Ghaziabad who were employees of the firm.
Nitin Sharma’s friends and colleagues are also on the police’s radar.
“We will ensure that all probable motives are thoroughly probed and the culprits brought to book. Our teams are working day and night to crack the case,” superintendent of police SS Yadav said.
Sharma was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside his Indirapuram house around 8.15am when he returned home after dropping his two daughters, aged nine and five years, at the nearby Cambridge School.
His wife Shalini looked on helplessly from the second floor of her home while the killers fired shots at her husband. She ran downstairs for help but her efforts went in vain as the culprits made an easy escape after emptying their bullet magazine.
The Ghaziabad police are trying to find out if personal or professional rivalry was behind the murder.
The police have so far found out that the assailants were hired professional killers and made an easy escape after pumping six .30 calibre bullets into Sharma’s body. The culprits wanted a “sure kill” and first shot the victim in his legs, so that he would not be able to run for cover. Later, they shot him in the head, throat and the chest areas which led to his death.
Sharma, a hotel management graduate from a Delhi institute, had soared to great heights during his short professional career.
Shalini told the Hindustan Times that her husband was due for promotion in the near future.
“The police should help us out by punishing the culprits. We are helping the police in providing any clues that could give them vital leads,” Shalini said from Gwalior.