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Ghaziabad: Petrol pump manager found shot dead, police recover ₹11 lakh from spot

Sonu Sharma, 34, a resident of Vijay Nagar was a manager at a petrol pump in Crossings Republik and had gone out with nearly Rs17.5 lakh cash to deposit at a nearby bank.

noida Updated: Sep 13, 2017 10:12 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
The body was found in his car near an under construction electricity substation near Raj Nagar Extension.
The body was found in his car near an under construction electricity substation near Raj Nagar Extension.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The police on Tuesday morning recovered a bullet ridden body of a 34-year-old man who was missing since Monday afternoon and had stepped out of a petrol pump to deposit nearly Rs17 lakh to a nearby bank in Crossings Republik area of Ghaziabad.

According to police, Sonu Sharma, 34, a resident of Vijay Nagar was a manager at a petrol pump in Crossings Republik and had gone out with nearly Rs17.5 lakh cash to deposit at a nearby bank.

However, police said that Sharma’s dead body was found with two bullet injuries - one in his head and the other in his neck - in his car near an under construction electricity substation near Raj Nagar Extension.

“The matter is complicated as we have also recovered Rs11 lakh from his car in which the body was found. Our teams are working on the case,” said HN Singh, senior superintendent of police.

According to police officials, when Sharma did not return back by Monday evening to the petrol pump, the owners lodged a police complaint against him at Vijay Nagar police station. However, despite a search by his family members, the victim could not be found.

On Tuesday morning, police found his body on the driving seat in a WagonR car near Raj Nagar Extension.

“We are yet to get close to the motive behind the murder. However, the case will now be transferred to Vijay Nagar police station as already an FIR was lodged there. The body was also sent for postmortem and the report will soon be received. Then, we will ascertain the exact time of his death,” said Rakesh Kumar, station house officer, Sahibabad.

According to sources, the police also recovered four glasses from the car but denied any consumption of drinks.

Police sources said that prima facie the murder was committed by persons known to the victim who were apparently inside the car and shot him while sitting on the rear seat.

“It is also surprising that the assailants did not take the Rs11 lakh cash which was kept in the car. It seems to be some personal rivalry motive and a robbery motive is certainly ruled out,” a police source said.

Sharma is survived by his wife and two children, a daughter aged 12 and a son aged 7 years.

The police are also scanning the CCTV footage along the route which Sharma took while leaving Crossings Republik and reached a secluded spot near river Hindon at Raj Nagar Extension, nearly 15km away where police found him dead.