A day after a Chennai married couple was shot by two masked men on a bike in Uttar Pradesh, the police claims that it could be a case of murder, as the men followed them for more than 32 kilometres after they entered Uttar Pradesh.
Arun Kumar Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Nai Mandi in Muzaffar Nagar, told The New Indian Express that the couple--Aditya Kumar and Vijayalakshmi had been followed from the UP border. He said that it does not seem to be a case of robbery as the couple was being followed from the time they entered Uttar Pradesh from Uttarakhand. Police found that they were being followed after checking the CCTV footages.
He added that it is too early to come to any conclusion, the reason for the murder can only be finalised after they arrested.
A Vijayalakshmi and her husband, Aditya Kumar had left from Chennai on June 3 for their bike trip to Leh in Ladakh. They first took a flight from Chennai to Delhi with a friend, Shyam Teja and then took two Royal Enfield cruisers on rent, reported The Times of India.
They went to Leh and on their way back, along NH-58 in Uttar Pradesh, as they reached Muzzaffarnagar, two men on a motorbike came close, the pillion rider drew a gun and kept it on Adityaâ€™s neck and fired it. Aditya lost control of the bike and crashed into the road along with his wife.
The couple could not see the face of the men as they had full-faced helmets. Vijayalakshmi told TOI that they do not know why they were targeted and they were not asked for any money or belongings.
Aditya and Vijayalakshmi are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Meerut. Aditya is recovering well and his wife is out of danger. Both work as assistant engineering managers at L&T company in Chennai and hail from Ramapuram.
A case has been filed under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) at the Nai Mandi police station in Uttar Pradesh.