No headway in BHEL officer homicide case, Noida police to fulfill household

NOIDA: Almost two weeks after the BHEL DyGM was shot dead near a drain in Sector 105 in Noida, police are struggling for clues despite multiple agencies working to crack the high-profile case.
While it has come to the light that Amit Pandey (41) was most likely shot at using a country-made pistol, police are probing a personal enmity angle and also that the killing might be the result of a failed robbery.

According to the police, it has already quizzed as many as 20 local criminals whose movement is being monitored. However, the victim‘s family has said that there seems to be no headway in the case.

From the gun-shot wound, police has deciphered that the bullet used to shoot the Pandey was most probably shot from a .315 factory-made rifle or a country-made pistol.

Pandey was shot in the back with the bullet piercing his body which came out from the front a little above the heart, resulting in his death on the night of March 7.

His body was found near a drain running parallel to the service lane of Sector 105.

“The bullet has been shot from a .315 bore rifle or a country-made pistol. It is being suspected that it can most likely be a country-made pistol because rifles are not usually used in such crimes,” said a source.

With even senior police officers admitting that there is currently nothing very constructive pointing towards the involvement of any one single person or gang, they will quiz the family members in the coming week.

The family members are currently in Varanasi.

Amit’s sister Shweta, who last spoke to him on phone at 8.27pm on March 7, told TOI that the police officers are in touch with them but they have not arrived at any constructive conclusion so far.

“We are trying to as many sources as we can but there seems to be no headway in the case so far,” she said adding that the family has written to the Prime Minister’s Office in this regard.

While police has estimated the time of the murder between 8.30 to 9pm, no eye-witness has come forward with details about the incident so far.

The stretch, which is around 100 meters from Amit’s residence in Sector 104, does see footfall during the mentioned time.

“So far, no eye-witness has come forward with any details despite a Facebook request from police about the same,”Piyush Singh, circle officer I told TOI.

He added that as many as 20 locals with criminal antecedents have been questioned related to the case and their movements are being monitored.

Police is yet to meet the family members except Pandey‘s brother-in-law Prabhat Dwivedi.

“I will meet the family members on Tuesday. A team will be sent to Varanasi to speak to them in case they can‘t come here. The case is being reviewed,” SSP Ajay Pal Sharma said.

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