Engineer’s body found with gunshot wounds

GREATER NOIDA: A 28-year-old , employed with a conractor engaged by the Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), was found dead near his car in Dadri on Tuesday. Cops suspect it to be a case of personal enmity.
Mohit Bhati was working as a project engineer under a local contractor with GNIDA since 2015. He is the son of Mahesh Bhati, a local SP functionary. Mohit lived in Luharli village, Dadri, with his parents, wife and daughter.

On Tuesday evening, he had left work in Kasna and was headed home in his Renault Kwid. His family members said Mohit had called his family when he left his office. They got worried after he failed to reach home and called him several times, but their calls started going unanswered after 7pm.

Around 8pm, passersby found his body in Naya Gaon in Dadri and called police. He had been shot thrice by unidentified persons and was lying near his car. Villagers said Mohit’s car had been parked at the spot for a long time, and a new, unregistered Maruti Swift Dzire had also been spotted near the car.

“A police team was dispatched immediately after we received information through a PCR call. Mohit was found lying at a little distance from his car. He had been shot thrice — once in the chest and twice in the back. He was taken to a nearby hospital in Dadri, where he was declared brought dead and the autopsy was conducted. Prima facie, it appears that someone close to him has perpetrated his murder. We have got some major clues and arrests will be made very soon,” said Ram Sen Singh, SHO of Dadri police station.

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Singh added that Mohit’s family had filed a police complaint, on the basis of which an FIR was registered against the unidentified accused under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC on Wednesday.

Mohit’s brother Puneet said the family is shattered and has no clue about the identity of the murderer. “Police are saying it could be a case of personal enmity, but Mohit didn’t have a fight with anybody. He was never the kind of person who took offence. We demand a strict probe against the accused,” he said.

The murder comes in the wake of the police claiming to have arrested more than 20 criminals in 18 gunfights in the last 10 days in the district. Asked for a comment on the situation, Vinit Jaiswal, SP (rural), said: “This case appears to be a murder over personal enmity, not the work of a hardened criminal. We cannot look at all crimes from the same perspective because they are of different natures. The recent raids and gunfights are being conducted to reduce the petty crime rate, which is pretty much a step in the right direction. Its effect will be seen in the near future.”

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