10/11/2018 10:38 AM IST | Updated 10/11/2018 10:38 AM IST

Tata Steel subsidiary's senior manager shot dead by sacked executive: reports

The suspect was sacked "four-five" months ago and had warned senior manager of dire consequences, local police say.

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NEW DELHI--A 35-year-old Senior Manager of a Tata Steel subsidiary was allegedly shot dead by a sacked former employee on Friday afternoon within the company's premises in Faridabad, The Indian Express reported.

The report also said that the local police believe the former Executive, Vishwas Pandey, killed Arindam Pal, the Senior Manager, for sacking him "four-five months ago". It also quoted Sube Singh, PRO of Faridabad police who said, "It is suspected that Pandey held a grudge against him for this reason, and murdered him in revenge. Other employees who were on the premises during the incident have identified him, and the FIR in the case has been registered against him by name."

Eyewitnesses apparently witnessed Pandey storming into Pal's cabin when the latter was resting and fired five rounds at him. Police told Times of India that Pal died on the spot. The newspaper report further says that, before sacking, Pal had found Pandey guilty of indiscipline and sacked him. The Senior Manager was the former Executive's supervisor at work and had been threatened by the latter with dire consequences during his notice period. Pal is survived by his wife, parents and a daughter.

After shooting, the suspect escaped from the rear gate of the Tata Steel subsidiary and is on the run at present, NDTV reported. The report also quoted a statement by Tata Group.

The company statement said, "The local police are investigating the law and order incident and an FIR is being filed. The company extends its condolences to the family of Mr Pal and is extending all possible support and help to the family at this time of crisis."