Raipur: Businessman,employee found murdered inside office

A 48-year-old businessman and his minor woman employee were found shot dead inside his office in Raipur,police said on Saturday. Balram Gupta and his employee Gitika Sahu (17) were murdered at their office in Pankaj Vikram Apartment in Katora Talab area in Raipur on Friday night,Raipur Superintendent of Police O P Pal said.
According to Pal,the unidentified assailants first slit their throat and then shot the duo.
Gupta,the owner of a detergent manufacturing unit was running his business from the office situated in the apartments while Gitika resides near the office.

On Friday night when Gitika did not reach home on time,her mother rushed to her office and found its door open to see Gupta and her daughter lying in a pool of blood. After she raised an alarm,police reached the spot.
Prima-facie it appears that two or more assailants were present at the spot. They are suspected to be well known to Gupta.
Gitika’s body was found in the kitchen as she was making tea for the visitors at the time of the incident,the SP said. A case has been registered,he said adding further probe is on.

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Twin murders rock Raipur: Businessman, staff found dead

RAIPUR: A 48-year-old businessman and his woman employee were murdered inside his office at Pankaj Vikram Apartments in Katora Talab late on Friday.

At least two unidentified people murdered businessman Balram Gupta and his 17-year-old employee Gitika Sahu, said Raipur superintendent of police OP Pal. The assassins slit Gupta's throat using a sharp-edged weapon before shooting him. Gitika, was strangulated to death using her dupatta. She was found with hands tied and mouth sealed with a tape.

Police said the bodies were found in different rooms of the two BHK flat. Gupta was owner of a detergent manufacturing unit and resided at Palm Residency behind Vikram Apartments.
The incident came to the fore, when Gitika's mother visited her office at around 8pm to check why she didn't return home on time, only to find Gupta's body lying in a pool of blood. Cups with milk powder and kettle filled with boiling water indicated that Gitika was preparing tea for some visitors, said police, whose body was found in the kitchen.

Police suspect that the murderers were known to Gupta. Quoting his family members, police said that before leaving home, Gupta told them that he would return late as he had a meeting with few clients. Initial investigations reveal that the accused visited him for a business deal.

The bodies of duo were handed over to their families after post-mortem on Saturday and police were seeking their call details.

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With arrest of two persons including a woman on Friday, Raipur police claimed to have decoded the mystery behind double murder that was committed on November 8 at Pankaj Vikram apartments, Katora Talab. The accused had killed Balram Gupta and his office assistant Geetika for looting, Superintend of Police OP Pal said on Friday.

According to police the accused were identified as Nadeem Shekh (30) native of Saki Vihar Road Pawai Mumbai and his wife Preeti Singh alias Kaynat Shekh (25). They had executed the cold blooded murder of Balram Gupta and Geetika after pre-planning, police said. “Gupta was owner of Khusi washing power and both the accused were former employee of the victim. Preeti and Nadeem Shekh had worked in the company from April till June this year. However after some dispute with Gupta both left the job,” SP told mediapersons.

Police detailing the background of both accused informed Preeti Singh was married to some other person and Nadeem Shekh too had a wife and children. However they meet in Mumbai and developed an affair, after which both left their families and got married in court. After marriage they shifted to Bangalore and due to financial crisis both reached Raipur. After reaching Raipur they saw a newspaper advertisement and came in contact with Balram Gupta and got the job. However, due to some dispute they left the job and went back to Mumbai.

In Mumbai both again had to face financial crisis. They were aware about routine of Balram Gupta and both planned to kill Balram Gupta, police said. According to the plan they reached Kanpur and purchased two countrymade pistols with live ammunition. On November 2 Preeti and Nadeem reached Raipur. They knew that generally Balram remained free in the evening hours and visitors also seldom reach his office in Pankaj Vikram apartment in the evening hours. After performing recce they went back Mumbai and again came Raipur on November 7, police claimed.

On November 8 around 6 to 7 pm they reached Pankaj Vikram apartments. Balram Gupta and his office assistant Geetia were in office at that time. Nadeem fired on Balram Gupta with country made pistol and then stabbed with a knife. In the meantime Preeti Singh overpowered and hacked Geetika Sahu, police told reporters. Later on the accused duo ran away after taking cash about Rs 1.45 lakh that were in the office. On way to Mumbai they threw the weapons in some places, police said.

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