Land mafia shot dead by two bike-borne as­sailants

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY - Advitya Bahl cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

A 61-year-old, fa­mous land mafia ac­cused of land grab­bing worth Rs 2,500 crore, was shot dead by two uniden­ti­fied bike-borne miscreants in the Hin­don Vi­har area of Sec­tor 49 here on Mon­day evening. Prima fa­cie, the po­lice sus­pect it a case of an old prop­erty and land dis­pute.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the de­ceased has been iden­ti­fied as Motilal Goel, a res­i­dent of Ghazi­abad, who was shot at sev­eral times while he was su­per­vis­ing the con­struc­tion work of a com­mer­cial plaza near Salarpur road. Po­lice said around 7-8 bul­lets were shot at him from point-blank range af­ter which he col­lapsed and fell on the ground.

“The in­ci­dent took place around 4:30 pm when two crim­i­nals on a Ba­jaj Pul­sar, parked the bike out­side the bound­ary wall of the plot and en­tered the premises. The as­sailants took out pis­tols and sprayed bul­lets at Goel. The con­struc­tion work­ers at the plot fled af­ter hear­ing the gun­shots,” said Arun Kumar Singh, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (City), Noida.

Lo­cals in­formed the po­lice about the in­ci­dent and a team reached the spot where Goel was ly­ing in a pool of blood. Po­lice rushed him to a nearby hos­pi­tal where doc­tors de­clared him brought dead on ar­rival.

Ac­cord­ing to a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial, Goel re­ceived a bul­let in his head and some bul­lets in his ab­domen area.

“We have sent the body for post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion and re­ports are awaited. We have re­cov­ered seven used car­tridges from the spot. While we sus­pect that three bul­lets have hit Goel,” Singh said.

Po­lice said that prima fa­cie it ap­pears to be a case of land dis­pute. Goel was in­volved in a num­ber of land grab­bing in­ci­dents in past. How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to as­cer­tain the ac­tual rea­son be­hind the mur­der.

The con­struc­tion site where Motilal Goel was mur­dered

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