STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 11 March
Two persons were injured in firing in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar area on Monday night after a group of youths returned with guns to avenge a scuffle between their friends and some shopkeepers.
While none of the accused has been arrested so far, police claimed to have identified the people involved in the incident.
The lives of the two victims are stated to be out of danger.
According to police, two youths had been indulging in motorcycle stunts in front of a bakery shop at Vishnu Garden for the past fortnight. "They would create an unruly scene and abuse the shopkeeper Sahil and other people in the locality," said a police officer.
A similar incident took place at around 7.30 p m on Monday. The two youths allegedly threatened to kill Sahil which led to a scuffle between them.
The duo fled after Sahil found support from his friend Amrit Pal, 25.
Within half-an-hour, a group of five well-built youths in their mid-twenties arrived in an Endeavour car and began arguing with the duo which further led to a fist fight between the two groups. Seeing the commotion, scores of other shopkeepers and people from the locality gathered at the place.
"Though none of the gathered people interfered in the fight, the youths thought they were surrounded by the locals from all sides and they panicked," said the officer.
Three of them allegedly pulled out pistols and fired several shots at the crowd before escaping in their car.
While Sahil and Amrit escaped unhurt, Sachin, a 56-year-old shopkeeper in the same locality, and Akshay Sharma, a 22-year-old resident, were hit.
Sachin was struck by a bullet in each of his legs. The other victim Akshay was hit in his right arm. They were both rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where they were operated upon.
Police arrived at the spot and found a live cartridge and a shell.
The car used in the crime was found abandoned in a nearby locality on Tuesday morning.
A case in this regard has been registered and police are going through CCTV footages from the area to verify the sequence of events.