Noida: A 62-year-old businessman, reportedly involved in land scams to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, was allegedly shot dead by two unidentified bike-borne assailants in broad daylight in Noida's Sector-49 area on Monday.
Moti Goyal, alleged to be a land mafioso, was supervising construction work at his plot, when the assailants pumped around eight to ten rounds of bullets onto him.
Some of the bullets struck Goyal in the head and abdomen, and he collapsed on the ground. Hearing the gunshots, construction workers at the site fled away in fear.
According to police, the incident took place around 4.30 pm in Hindon Vihar colony of Sector-49. Senior police officials reached the spot as soon as locals reported the incident to the police.
"After the information was conveyed, a police team reached the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.
"Goyal received a bullet in his head and some bullets in his abdomen. The body has been sent for post-mortem, reports of which are awaited" said Shwetabh Pandey, circle officer-III, Noida.
Police suspect that Goyal was killed over an old property and land dispute.
"Prima facie, it appears to be a case of land dispute, as reports claim that he was involved in a number of land grabbing incidents in the past. Our investigations are underway to ascertain the actual reason behind the murder. No complaint has been received so far," added Pandey.
According to reports, Goyal was said to be a powerful man during the reign of previous governments.
He was booked and imprisoned in 2005 in connection with land scams totalling almost Rs 2,500 crore.
A number of cases of land grabbing were also registered against him in Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr districts, in the past two decades.
Goyal was also accused for grabbing a land owned by Awas Vikas Parishad in Vashundhara area of Ghaziabad, worth Rs 300 crores.
He reportedly built a farm house and a marriage home over the land after grabbing it.