A 45-year-old businessman was gunned down by two robbers when he resisted them at his west Delhi flour mill on Saturday evening, police said. The men fled with around Rs. 2 lakh in cash.
Naresh Sharma was moments away from closing the shutters when the two assailants — said to be in their 20s — barged in, brandishing pistols and demanded that he hand them over whatever cash he had at the mill. The incident took place in Kamruddin Nagar near Nangloi around 7.30pm.
Sharma, a father of two, was a resident of adjacent Guru Harikishan Nagar and had been working at the mill, which doubled up as a shop, for more than 12 years. “He had just done his accounts and was counting the day's earnings when the men stormed in. One of them pointed his weapon at Sharma while the other attempted to scare away three of his employees who were also present in the shop,” said an officer.
According to the police, the assailants then ordered Sharma’s employees to stay where they were as they overpowered him and forced him into the shop’s safe and demanded that they be given access to it.
When he resisted, the police claimed, one of them opened fire twice.
While one bullet missed him, the other injured Sharma between the chest and the abdomen. The robbers fled with the cash.
Sharma’s employees informed the police and took him to the nearby Sanjay Gandhi Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
“It looks like a case of robbery, but there might be something more sinister behind it,” Sharma’s brother-in-law, who wished to remain unnamed, said.
“Some of his colleagues owed him a lot of money and one of them could have helped the robbers, if not planned the entire episode,” he added.
The police said a case of robbery and murder had been registered at the Nangloi police station and investigations were underway.
“His family members said he had recently had a tiff with two boys who were drinking outside his shop. He also had smacked on of his employees over financial irregularities,” the officer added.