A 26-year-old software engineer was shot and killed at a busy crossing in Noida by unidentified assailants who fled after the shooting.
The victim, identified as Ankit Chauhan, belonged to Meerut district and was married on March 10, police said. He was working as a software engineer with Tata Consultancy Services.
Police received a call at 4 pm on Monday about the shooting at the Sector 76 crossing. When policemen reached to the spot, local people said Chauhan was taken to a nearby hospital by a passer-by.
When police reached the hospital, they were told that Chauhan was in a critical condition and had been referred to Kailash Hospital. Police then reached Kailash Hospital, where the victim was declared dead on arrival.
Chauhan's friend Gagan, who was with him in a Toyota Fortuner during the attack, told police that Chauhan was driving the SUV and he was sitting next to him.
All of sudden, a white Honda Accord overtook the SUV and forced it to stop, Gagan said. A youngster emerged from the Accord and fired three shots at Chauhan.
"After firing two shots (through the) rear mirror, the attacker fired a last bullet from the side mirror aiming at Ankit's head," said Raj Kumar Mishra, Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Gagan was scared on seeing his friend lying in a pool of blood. Since he didn't know how to drive, he asked a passerby to drive the SUV to the nearest hospital.
Gagan said Chauhan had got married on March 10. He was on way to his home in Sector 76 after dropping his wife at her work place. His wife works as a software engineer with a MNC, Gagan said.
"The family members of the victim have been informed. The body has been sent for postmortem. We got inputs that Ankit's car was followed by the attacker's car from sector 134. We are examining all CCTVs installed on the stretch. The car used in the crime has been identified. Two police teams including surveillance cell have been instructed to investigate the matter thoroughly," said Mishra.