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Noida: Woman techie shot dead in parking lot, murder caught on CCTV

23-year-old Anjali Rathour was shot dead in the parking lot of Shatabdi Rail Vihar in Sector 62 on Wednesday morning.

noida Updated: Jun 01, 2017 12:34 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
Trainee engineer Anjali Rathour was allegedly shot dead by an unidentified man, who was captured on CCTV camera.
Trainee engineer Anjali Rathour was allegedly shot dead by an unidentified man, who was captured on CCTV camera.(HT Photo)

A 23-year-old woman employee of a mobile handset company was shot dead by an unidentified person at Shatabdi Rail Vihar, a residential society in Noida Sector 62, on Wednesday morning.

Police said CCTV cameras recorded footage of Anjali Rathour, a trainee engineer with Lava International Limited, being chased by a pistol-wielding man at a parking lot of the apartment complex around 6.34 am. However, poor video quality has prevented police from zeroing in on the murderer so far.

Anjali hailed from Jagadhri, near Yamuna Nagar, in Haryana.

The matter came to light when her roommate, Jyoti, noticed people crowding around a still body on the ground floor. Though she and four others rushed Anjali to the nearby Fortis hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said the attacker entered the gated complex at 6.30 am after registering himself as Sonu in the entry register. A case of murder has been registered at the Sector 58 police station, and the body sent for a post-mortem.

Anjali’s kin registered an FIR against Ashwani, a Lajpat Nagar resident, soon after their arrival in Noida later that afternoon.

Police said Anjali had received a call from Ashwani at 6.05 am, about half an hour before the murder.

File picture of Anjali Rathour.
File picture of Anjali Rathour. ( HT Photo )

Ashwani, who hails from Etawah, first met the victim at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar. “I was pursuing my MBA at LPU when Anjali was still a student there. That was how I chanced upon him with Anjali. I warned Ashwani against meeting her again. He had been behaving aggressively since then,” said Kamini Bhadoria, Anjali’s aunt.

However, superintendent of police (city) Arun Singh reiterated that they were yet to zero in on a suspect.

“Anjali was heard quarrelling over the phone for the last one week. She came down from her apartment that morning after receiving a call from Ashwani. But we are not (completely) certain if the assailant was him or somebody else.”

Singh said the CCTV footage shows Anjali running, and later being attacked at the parking lot. Though the assailant is seen carrying a bag, his face isn’t clearly visible. “We are probing the matter from all angles,” he added.

The victim had been working with Lava for a year now, and was expected to be promoted in June. According to Kamini, her relationship with Ashwani did not extend beyond friendship.

Read | Murdered Noida techie was jovial, friendly, ‘not afraid of anyone’

First Published: May 31, 2017 16:09 IST

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