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Ghaziabad: Man gunned down by armed bikers, police suspect land dispute

Police said Ali, the victim, had some land dispute with a group in Baghpat and suspect the dispute to be the reason for his killing.

noida Updated: Jul 28, 2017 22:22 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Police outside the private hospital where Mohammed Ali was rushed after being gunned down by bikers on Friday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Two unidentified armed men gunned down a 45-year-old timber merchant at his business establishment in Pasonda, Ghaziabad, on Friday morning. The police said they suspect a land dispute in Baghpat to be the motive behind the killing.

According to the police, Mohabbat Ali and his assistant, Mota, were sitting at their shop around 10.45am when two unidentified men came on a bike and asked them which one of them was Mohabbat Ali. When Ali replied that it was he, the bikers pulled out weapons and fired nearly 8 to 10 rounds at him. Police said the bikers warned Mota not to interfere before gunning down Ali. According to eyewitnesses, they fled towards Loni Road.

“We have come to know that Ali had some land dispute in Baghpat. Nearly 6-8 rounds were fired at him and only the post-mortem report can confirm how many bullets he took. He was rushed to a private hospital in Mohan Nagar where he succumbed due to injuries,” said Brijesh Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (crime).

Police said Mota, immediately informed Ali’s family members who rushed to the nearest police post and also took Ali to the hospital.

The hospital allegedly refused to admit the injured man at first and did so only after his victim protested.

According to sources, Ali had shifted to Sahibabad from Kirthal in Baghpat and was staying in Ghaziabad for the past 10 years.

Police said he had some land dispute with a group in Baghpat and suspect the dispute to be the reason for his killing.

Police said they have formed teams to investigate the matter and are also scanning footage from CCTV cameras to trace and identify the culprits.

Ali’s son, Rizwan, refused to speak on his father’s murder. The police said they were awaiting a formal written complaint from the family and a case of murder will be lodged at Sahibabad police station.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 22:22 IST