Shooting on Bara Hindu Rao in Delhi: attackers dismissed for threatening businessman, killed 2 passers-by
A day after two men were killed in gunfire on Bara Hindu Rao in North Delhi, the investigation revealed that the attackers wanted to threaten a real estate businessman with a real estate dispute. They fired to frighten their target but the bullets ended up hitting two passers-by. Police arrested two of the attackers on Friday.
Police say the attackers were hired by a local builder, who was also a former police informant and contested the assembly elections in 2015. He is currently on the run. Raids are carried out in the trans-Yamuna and Meerut to catch the remaining defendants.
DCP (North District) Anto Alphonse said a PCR call was received Thursday at 9:20 pm: âWe rushed to the scene and found two people, both aged 30, injured. They were taken to hospital, where doctors declared them dead on arrival. One of the men has been identified as Sanjay, from Dehradun. We have identified the attackers and are carrying out raids to catch them. “
Police said the attackers were targeting local real estate dealer Muneeb Ahmed, who was sitting in a nursing home with his uncle Naeem Ahmed and office worker Prakash Kumar.
Naeem said: âA man, dressed in a black t-shirt, walked into my office and asked about the Covid vaccination. I told him it was done in a nearby clinic; then we all left the office. We were sitting in the car when the same man came to lie down in front of it. The inhabitants intervened and moved it. We drove 10-20 meters when suddenly some men, including the man in black, started shooting. Prakash and I got out and ran to hide in a building supply store while my nephew was hiding in another store. They opened fire and killed two passers-by.
Police found CCTV footage of the incident and identified some of the attackers. âWe believe the men were targeting Muneeb. He is involved in a real estate dispute with the main defendant on the run. The dispute concerned a property in the Sadar Bazar area and the police discovered that Muneeb had filed a complaint about it in court, âpolice sources said.
Police said one of the victims, Sanjay, worked as a tourist bus cleaner in Kishan Ganj. âAt the time he was in Old Delhi; he was walking on the sidewalk when he was killed, âsaid his aunt Jayapali. The other victim, who has not yet been identified, was eating when he was shot.
Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava on Friday asked senior officers of the Special Cell and Crime Branch to send their teams to Bara Hindu Rao to assist local police. However, the district police initially refused to share details with them. After the intervention of senior officers at Delhi Police Headquarters, the local police coordinated.