According to police, two suspects (in photo) were arrested following leads from informants and from the prime suspect, who had surrendered the day after the shooting in a different case.(HT Photo)
According to police, two suspects (in photo) were arrested following leads from informants and from the prime suspect, who had surrendered the day after the shooting in a different case.(HT Photo)

Resemblance to ‘target’ leads to Greater Noida man being killed by shooters

A contractor with the horticulture department in Jila Panchayat of Gautam Budh Nagar, the victim Neeraj Kumar looked like the intended target, the police said.
By Tanmayee Tyagi | Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 11:49 AM IST

His resemblance to a man who was being targeted by suspected shooters cost Neeraj Kumar, a 38-year-old private contractor, his life. Neeraj was “accidentally” shot dead allegedly by two men on February 5 in Sector Gamma 2 in Greater Noida outside a sweets shop.

A contractor with the horticulture department in Jila Panchayat of Gautam Budh Nagar, Kumar looked like the intended target, the police said.

Two men were arrested in the early hours of Thursday in connection with the case.

“Anit Singh, the prime suspect in the case, had been serving time in prison for various crimes. He had been out on bail when Neeraj was killed, and on February 6, he surrendered in a different case. We found out more information about this case after Singh was taken on police remand,” senior superintendent of police of Gautam Budh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said.

Based on information given by Anit and other informants, Sonu Yadav and Subodh Bhati were arrested around 4.30am from near the Nat Madhaiya village in Kasna.

Police said the suspects were targeting a person named Avdhesh, a contractor living in Greater Noida’s Paligaon village.

“It seems that Avdhesh’s son and Subodh’s younger brother are classmates and had an argument in school. The argument between the boys escalated, with Avdhesh threatening Subodh. This prompted Subodh to exact ‘revenge’,” the SSP said.

“Subodh and two of his accomplices then hatched a plan to kill Avdhesh. On the night of February 5, the three came to sector Gamma 2 where Avdhesh was present. Neeraj was also in the area with two of his friends. Subodh stayed in the car while the other two got out. Neeraj looked a lot like Avdhesh and was accidentally shot by Anit, who mistook him for Avdhesh,” the senior officer added.

He said the two shooters are members of notorious gangster Anil Dujana’s gang and have multiple cases against them.

Anit, police said, has nearly 15 cases of grave crimes against him at police stations all over the district and was arrested nearly two years ago following a police encounter.

The suspects have known each other for a while, having committed crimes together earlier as well, the police said.

To kill Avdhesh, the suspects had come in a Duster SUV, which they had allegedly stolen on the night of February 3 from near a mall in Kasna.

“The robbery had involved these three and another man, Ankit Chaudhary, who is on the run. He is also a sharp shooter for the Dujana gang and efforts are on to nab him,” the senior officer said.

Police have recovered the SUV used in the crime as well as another vehicle, two countrymade pistols and one stolen number plate from the suspects.

Police said two teams were working on this case, and their maximum leads came from footage from the CCTV cameras recovered from near the crime scene where the shooting had taken place.

The suspects were produced before a magistrate and sent to jail.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Ghaziabad municipal corporation to bring 60,000 properties under tax ambit

UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:38 PM IST
Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has decided in-principle that clusters in the city which had been left out from the ambit of property tax will now be levied the same
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Greater Noida: 10,000 ‘stolen’ phone batteries seized, two nabbed

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:30 PM IST
Greater Noida: The police Saturday night nabbed two men from the Haldoni crossing in Greater Noida and recovered over 10,000 phone batteries apart from other gadgets allegedly from them
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Three cops sent to police lines over negligence of duty

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:26 PM IST
Noida: Three police personnel were recalled to the police lines on Sunday for alleged dereliction of duty leading to mismanagement of traffic
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Women cyber cell to be set up in cyber police stations across UP

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:26 PM IST
Noida: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a ‘women cyber cell’ at each cyber police station in the state to deal with cases such as cyberstalking and cyberbullying
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Chief secretary assures adequate manpower, infrastructure for GB Nagar hospitals

By Sanjeev K Jha
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:26 PM IST
NOIDA: The Uttar Pradesh chief secretary, Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, said on Saturday that there will be no dearth of doctors and other facilities in the Super Specialty Paediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute (SSPHPGTI), better known as Child PGI, and other government hospitals in Gautam Budh Nagar district
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Air quality improves, mercury to soar in Noida

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Noida: The air quality of Noida on Saturday improved to ‘moderate’ levels after oscillating between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories for the past three days, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Gang robbing passengers on expressways on pretext of giving lift arrested

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Noida: Three men were nabbed Friday night by the Noida police who allegedly used to rob people travelling on expressways on the pretext of giving lifts
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Farmhouse raided in Noida Sector 135, unauthorised party busted

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:21 PM IST
Noida: A farmhouse located in the Yamuna floodplains near Sector 135 was raided by a joint team of the excise and the police department on Friday night where an unauthorised party was allegedly taking place
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Armed dacoity at bizman’s house in Ghaziabad: Three Bangladesh nationals among six arrested

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Ghaziabad: At least six persons, including three Bangladesh nationals, were arrested Friday over their alleged involvement in a dacoity at a businessman’s house in Ghaziabad’s Raj Nagar
Close
HT Image
HT Image

GB Nagar admin seeks government’s permission to attach personal properties of builders

By Sanjeev K Jha, Noida
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:18 PM IST
The Gautam Budh Nagar administration on Saturday sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s approval to go after the personal property of promoters of builder companies against whom the state’s real estate regulatory authority (UP Rera) had issued recovery challans
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Ghaziabad hospital sees long vaccine queue as staff ‘late’ by an hour

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 11:17 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Long queues ensued at the Sanjay Nagar Combined District Hospital on Saturday for the Covid-19 vaccine
Close
Commuters were forced to take alternative routes as police deployed at the EPE entry points diverted them to prevent clogging of the expressway.
Commuters were forced to take alternative routes as police deployed at the EPE entry points diverted them to prevent clogging of the expressway.

Protesting farmers shut Eastern Peripheral Expressway for five hours

By Peeyush Khandelwal, Ghaziabad
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:54 AM IST
The protesters had announced several days in advance that they would move to block the 135-km EPE on the 100th day of their stir against the central government.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Session-3 of phase-3 Covid-19 vaccination: Nearly 9K people vaccinated in GB Nagar

By Sanjeev K Jha, Noida
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:30 PM IST
Exceeding expectations, 8,926 people got their Covid-19 vaccination in Gautam Budh Nagar on Friday, the highest on a day in the district
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Mercury soars in Noida, light rains likely on Sunday

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:30 PM IST
Noida: The minimum temperature soared by three degrees in the past 24 hours in Noida, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD)
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Dry run for FASTag on Delhi-Meerut Expressway begins; 70,000 vehicle owners to be sent ‘zero deduction’ messages

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 11:30 PM IST
Ghaziabad: Over the next few days, about 70,000 vehicle owners who use FASTags, chosen randomly, will get text messages informing them of the distance they travelled on phases one and two of the Delhi Meerut Expressway
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP