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Bike-borne assailants gun down 50-year old man on way to offer ‘Namaz’ in Ghaziabad

The family members said that they have no rivalry with anyone and Haji Haroon looked after all the work when his wife Shamim Begum held the post of the councillor from 2006 to 2011

noida Updated: Sep 14, 2017 22:30 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Two unidentified bikers shot dead a man at Maharajpur on Thursday afternoon in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT photo)

Two unidentified bike-borne assailants shot dead a 50-year-old man when he was moving on his bike to offer Namaz at a mosque in Ghaziabad’s Maharajpur, barely 300 metres from his house and a stone’s throw from a police van.

The victim’s wife is a former councillor. The family said the incident took place around 1.30pm when Haji Haroon was on his way to the mosque. He was shot dead by two Pulsar-borne assailants who fired multiple shots and escaped despite police presence barely 15-20 metres from the scene of crime near Bharat Electronics Limited’s unit.

Senior superintendent of police HN Singh on Thursday evening suspended three policemen -- Ranjit, Harendra and Ram Ratan – over alleged inaction.

“They failed to act though they were on duty in the area. They have been suspended with immediate effect. Several teams have been formed and we are probing all angles in the case. There is no clear motive that has come out in the case as yet,” SSP Singh said.

Mohammad Arif, Haroon’s son, said: “There was a family function and there was a lot of gathering. My father told us that he will be back soon from Namaz and lunch was to begin. But he was shot dead barely 300 metres from our house and we heard rounds being fired. Initially we thought it was some tyre burst. No one, including the policemen, paid heed,” said.

“In fact, the three policemen were in a patrol van and did not dare to stop the bikers or chase them. After my father fell down, agitated locals asked them to take him to hospital where he was later declared dead. It has been complete laxity on part of the policemen,” he added.

The family members said that they had no rivalry with anyone and Haji Haroon looked after all the work when his wife Shamim Begum held the post of the councillor from 2006 to 2011.

Locals from Maharajpur attempted to block Link Road, which connects Anand Vihar with Mohan Nagar. They were later pacified by police who arrived in large numbers from nearby areas.

Police sources said they had procured CCTV footage in which the two assailants were seen riding a bike and fleeing the spot. But both were wearing helmets. Locals said the bike had no registration number, leading to suspicion that the incident was planned.

According to police, Haroon sustained four bullet injuries fired from close range.

The family members have forwarded a police complaint at Link Road police station against the unidentified men. Police said they are probing personal enmity, election rivalry and property dispute among probable motives.

The incident comes close to another incident in Khoda where a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Gajendra Bhati, was recently gunned down by two bike borne assailants on September 2. The police arrested a sharp shooter and suspected the involvement of former MLA Amarpal Sharma behind the incident.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 22:30 IST