31-year-old Excise officer shot at outside his office

NOIDA: An excise inspector was shot in the leg by two bike-borne men outside his office in Sector Gamma 1, Greater Noida on Monday morning. The unidentified men, who had covered their faces, asked an address from the inspector, who was about to enter his office before shooting at him.
The inspector, Birju Prasad (32), has been transferred to Gautam Budh Nagar from Meerut recently. He oversees the department’s activities in Dankaur, Dadri and Jewar areas, known for rampant inter-state liquor smuggling.
According to Manoj Kumar, driver of the inspector, the attack took place around 9.15am when Prasad got down from his car.

“I dropped the officer at the gate. I saw a bike parked at one side of the road. One of the bikers asked an address from him. After then I had moved ahead and took a turn. On the way, I saw them speeding away on the bike,” Kumar told Media Sources.

Prasad later told Media Sourecs that the men had covered their face using handkerchiefs. “I could not recognise them. They seemed to be around 28-32 years old and were riding a brown or black bike. One of them was carrying a gray bag from which he took out a pistol and shot at my leg,” he said.

Prasad was later taken to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida where he is recuperating in the intensive care unit (ICU). “The bullet has passed through the thigh. He is out of danger but has been kept in the ICU for the time being,” Dr Yatendra Singh, incharge, emergency ward told Media Sources.

An FIR has been registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC.