A newly married couple from Chennai were reportedly shot at in broad daylight by two unidentified bike borne assailants in Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on National Highway 58 in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday, reports The New Indian Express.
According to reports, Aditya Ramkumar (31) and his wife Vijaya Lakshmi (28) who are from Ramapuram in Chennai were on their way back to New Delhi when they were shot at. They were riding a motorbike from Haridwar and were crossing Muzaffarnagar district, when they attacked at around 4 pm. They were returning to Delhi to catch a flight to Chennai in the evening.
Aditya lost control of the bike and crashed into the road along with his wife. He was shot in the neck while Vijaya got injured by the fall. Reports, however, suggest that they are recovering at a Delhi hospital.
The couple were reportedly on a vacation to Uttarakhand and had hired a Royal Enfield for the trip.
“The couple and the friend were on their way back to Delhi on motorbikes, as Aditya and Vijaya had to catch a flight to Chennai on Sunday from the national capital,” said SHO Madan Singh of Nai Mandi police station to TNIE.
Police suspect that it could be a case of mistaken identity, a robbery bid or road rage. The miscreants, however, fled soon after the attack.
This is merely yet another highway horror story for Uttar Pradesh. In May, a family was attacked by a group of at least five criminals on Jewar-Bulandshahr road off Yamuna Expressway. The attackers shot dead a man when he objected to criminals assaulting the women of the family. Some reports even claimed that the women were gangraped.