‘It felt like a ter­ror­ist attack’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Sid­harth.Bhard­waj @times­group.com

New Delhi: The dar­ing attack trig­gered panic among the shop­keep­ers and the on­look­ers. “I felt that the next bul­let will hit me,” Govind Agar­wal, who runs an elec­tronic store in Narela’s Sawarkar Market, said, as he re­called the two min­utes of hor­ror in which a man was gunned down in front of his shop in broad day­light.

Agar­wal told TOI that he was busy deal­ing with cus­tomers when he heard a crack­er­like sound. As he turned around to check, he was left hor­ri­fied. “The men had sur­rounded the white SUV, and were fir­ing in­side it non-stop. One of them was di­rectly fac­ing my shop while tar­get­ing in­side the car. I quickly ducked down be­hind the counter. They con­tin­ued to fire for two min­utes,” Agar­wal said.

An­other neigh­bour­ing shop­keeper, who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, said that the as­sailants brazenly walked away af­ter en­sur­ing that their ri­val was dead. “While walk­ing

2 MINS OF HOR­ROR

back to their car, they yelled and warned that no­body should dare to follow their ve­hi­cle. I had seen the gang wars in Mum­bai, but never thought that such a thing would un­fold in front of my eyes. It felt like a ter­ror attack,” the shop­keeper said.

Only af­ter a few min­utes that the as­sailants had gone away, the lo­cals dared to come out of their shops and houses and take the victim out of the car. The crowd sent the bul­letrid­dled victim in an e-rick­shaw even as the po­lice teams reached the spot. Pho­tos and videos of the crime were be­ing cir­cu­lated widely in the area.

The Sun­day’s in­ci­dent re­minded many of a sen­sa­tional dou­ble mur­der that hap­pened around two years ago nearly at the same place. On Oc­to­ber 31, Pankaj Goel (36) was on his way to a bank to de­posit about Rs 25 lakh. He was ac­com­pa­nied by his man­ager Har­ish Goel (32). Just out­side the bank, the car was in­ter­cepted by bike-borne rob­bers, who shot both Pankaj and Har­ish dead af­ter they re­sisted the rob­bery bid.

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