Over in 20 sec­onds: Biz­man’s killer fled be­fore kin could come to his help

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK | East Jy­oti Na­gar, north­east Delhi Photo: San­jeev Ras­togi

New Delhi: The mur­der of busi­ness­man Ra­jul Gupta took place within just 20 sec­onds. It was his teenaged daugh­ter who heard his calls for help and alerted the other fam­ily mem­bers, but by the time they stepped out the as­sailants had fled.

The neigh­bours were shocked by the brazen at­tack in­side the gated East Jy­oti Na­gar­colony. Even though there are guards and the area is un­der CCTV sur­veil­lance, the neigh­bours al­leged that petty crimes like snatch­ing and rob­beries are com­mon there.

Dr Amit Sing­hal claimed that his brother, Gupta, had even screamed for help say­ing he was be­ing robbed, but no one, in­clud­ing the se­cu­rity guard, came to his aide. “It’s scary that he was at­tacked in­side the colony. It could have been any­body,” he added.

The RWA mem­bers al­leged that in­ci­dents of snatch­ing oc­cur reg­u­larly out­side the colony even though po­lice pa­trol the area. “This is the first time that crim­i­nals had the au­dac­ity to en­ter the colony and at­tack some­one,” said an RWA mem­ber.

The fam­ily said Gupta used to visit a tem­ple nearby and then head to his shop. He would of­ten re­turn with the day’s col­lec­tions. He had been do­ing this for 20 years.

In­con­solable since the in­ci­dent, Gupta’s daugh­ter re­called how her fa­ther kept call­ing for help. “My niece came run­ning to us say­ing that she could hear her fa­ther scream­ing “paisa loot liya, paisa loot liya” twice, after which there was si­lence. By the time the Name | Ra­jul Gupta Age | 44 years

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3Fam­ily fam­ily could rush out and help him, the as­sailants had fled. I won­der how they could es­cape so quickly with the guards be­ing around,” Sing­hal said.

Gupta stayed in a joint fam­ily with his broth­ers in a three­storeyed house in B-Block of East Jy­oti Na­gar. They had been liv­ing there for the past 30 years.

2Gupta He is sur­vived by a 17-year-old daugh­ter and15-year-old son.

The RWA mem­bers now plan to meet se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers to de­mand a re­view of the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the area. The colony has 4-5 gates, but only two are left open at night. The role of the guards is un­der the scan­ner.

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