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Wife killed, Police probe if weapon jammed leaving husband unhurt

Wife killed, Police probe if weapon jammed leaving husband unhurt

Woman was shot dead inside a car by unidentified men in north Delhi’s Rohini early on Wednesday morning, Delhi Police said.

Her restaurateur husband, who was driving the car, and their toddler son escaped unhurt.

She was shot in her neck and face and died before she could be taken to a hospital. Police believe the husband, Pankaj Mehra, was the target instead.

Dumbere said Pankaj has told the investigators that he suspected a moneylender as he owed him lakhs of rupees.

“The family was returning home in Rohini from a gurdwara in a Maruti Ritz car when they were attacked around 4 am,” Dumbere told the Hindustan Times over the phone.

Dumbere said it is being probed if Pankaj survived because the weapon used in the crime jammed after the first two shots were fired.

Though the prime suspect in the case is a moneylender, police are also probing if robbery or personal enmity could be a motive.

“The interest had grown a lot and Pankaj was to pay nearly Rs 40 lakh. He says he was being threatened with physical harm by the moneylender because of the delay in returning the money,” said Dumbere.

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