Toll plaza staffers shot dead
NEW DELHI: Four armed men shot dead two employees of a toll collection company at their office 500 metres from the Badarpur toll plaza on the Delhi-faridabad highway on Sunday. Police suspect robbery to be the motive as the attackers fled with a cash bag without realising it was empty.
DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa confirmed “no cash was robbed from the office” on Tajpur Road of the private agency operating the toll plaza on behalf of the MCD. The toll collected on Saturday night, amounting to R63 lakh, was found intact, police sources said. A case has been registered and all four suspects identified, according to the police, though no one has been apprehended.
Two of the missing suspects, Pradeep and Vishal Thakur, reportedly live in a rented house in the same neighbourhood. They were preparing for the Delhi Police recruitment exams, police said.
At 7.45am, the four men came on two bikes, barged into a room where cashier Manmohan Lal Sharma, 60, and gunman Mahipal, 40, were drinking tea and started firing. There were two other employees sleeping in another room but the “attackers managed to flee without being seen by them”, Randhawa said.
Some locals claimed to have witnessed the shooting, saying Sharma tried to reach for a baton and was struck with a bullet on his ribs while Mahipal took one on his chest. The two men, who had joined the agency two months ago.