Noida techie murder: Accused gives cops a slip

Anjali Rathour, a 23-year-old employee of the mobile handset firm Lava International Limited, was shot dead at Shatabdi Rail Vihar in Noida. Rathour had been the ‘best employee’ at the company for several months.

noida Updated: Jun 02, 2017 11:26 IST
Anjali Rathour, a 23-year-old employee of the mobile handset firm Lava International Limited, was shot dead at Shatabdi Rail Vihar in Noida.

Over 24 hours after an unidentified man shot a 23-year-old woman techie in the parking of Shatabdi Rail Vihar, a residential society in Noida’s Sector 62, police teams raided the house of the prime suspect, Ashwani, in Etwah, but returned empty-handed.

With no clues about the whereabouts of the accused, the police are preparing to serve a notice to the security agency whose alleged laxity allowed an intruder inside the premises and also let him get away after the murder. Even a gunshot on the society premises couldn’t alert the security guards posted there.

Anjali Rathour, a resident of Jagadhri near Yamuna Nagar in Haryana, was shot in the head around 6.34am, the footage captured by the CCTV inside the building revealed. The footage showed her being chased by a man, with a weapon pointed at her, in the parking area.

Her family later accused Ashwani, Anjali’s former classmate, for the murder. The victim worked as a trainee engineer with a mobile manufacturing company Lava in Sector 64.

“The suspect had fled his house in Etawah and we returned empty handed. His family already had information about the incident as many media persons had called them up to inquire about the incident, prior to police teams reaching their house. Had there been no communication, our teams could have nabbed the man,” said an officer.

The officials said Ashwani lived at Lajpat Nagar in Delhi and went absconding after his name allegedly cropped up in the case. Police had said that there was a call from Ashwani’s mobile to the victim around 6.05am. After this, she came down from her apartment to meet him. The two had studied together at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar.

Police sources said that he gained access through the main entrance, registering himself as Sannu in the register and even jotted down his mobile number which was found correct. Ashwani is nicknamed Sannu.

“There is prima facie laxity on part of the security agency who allowed him entry. Since he is not a resident and arrived with two bags, he should have been scanned thoroughly by the guards. The licenses to the agencies are granted on our recommendation by additional director general (law and order). If their guards are not found trained, we may also cancel their license,” said Ajay Kumar, circle officer (II).

After the suspect shot the victim, he easily walked out of the society through the same gate and no exit entry was made in the register.

Rathour was identified when her roommate Jyoti was leaving for her coaching classes and saw people gathered on the ground floor. She was rushed to the hospital but declared dead. The officials said that the cause of her death in the post-mortem report was gunshot injury to her head.

The preliminary investigation could not ascertain the real identity of the man seen in the CCTV footage. For over a week, Anjali was heard by her roommates fighting over phone with someone, suspected to be Ashwani.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 23:55 IST