Toll plaza staffers shot dead

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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