In what can be termed as a gruesome murder, a 23-year-old techie working for Lava, a mobile phone company, was shot dead in the parking lot of her apartment complex in Noida's Sector 62 early on Wednesday morning.

The victim, identified as Anjali Rathour, received a call at 6.30 am and went to the parking lot. CCTV footage shows her running for her life a short while later while a gun-wielding man is seen chasing her.

Rathour shared a third floor flat with six girls and was found by one of her flatmates, who identified her after a crowd gathered around the body. Rathour was rushed to Fortis Hospital by her flatmates, but doctors declared her dead on examination.

According to Hindustan Times, the police are yet to zero in on a suspect as the camera footage is too grainy. The attacker entered his name as Sonu in the entry register but the victim’s family filed a FIR against Ashwani, a resident of Lajpat Nagar.

The victim, who hails from Haryana, met Ashwani when they were studying at Lovely Professional University. Rathour’s aunt, Kamini Bhadoria, said she didn’t encourage her friendship with Ashwani. “I was pursuing my MBA at LPU when Anjali was still a student there. That was how I chanced upon him with Anjali. I warned Ashwani against meeting her again,” she said.

Rathour’s flatmates told the police that she constantly fought on the phone for a week. They added that her relationship with Ashwani was platonic.  

Arun Kumar Singh, the superintendent of police, Noida City, told reporters that they have spoken to the flatmates and relatives. “Primary investigation suggests that the deceased's boyfriend could be behind it. We are investigating the matter and the accused will be arrested soon,” he added.

Rathour had been working at Lava for the past year and was expecting a promotion in June, her flatmates said. A case of murder has been registered at the Sector 58 police station.