At 3 pm in Haryana’s Gothra village on Tuesday, a concrete road was being constructed for the first time. But there were no celebrations. For, a resident of the village was shot dead in east Delhi on Sunday night after the Innova he was travelling in brushed past a businessman’s Ford Endeavour.
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According to police, 25-year-old Deepak Bhadani had objected to the way the accused was driving, and was allegedly shot dead in return.
At his village, Deepak’s friend Amit Bhadani, who was travelling with him in another car, said the incident has scarred many villagers. Deepak and his family and friends were returning from a wedding when the incident took place. “We will never go to Delhi. People are so agitated and insensitive there,” Amit said.
“When we dialled 100, we did not know the exact location. We kept mumbling. The accused fled in his car and we gave chase. After chasing him for 1 km, we managed to get the car’s number. It had an Uttarakhand registration,” Amit said.
“The biggest challenge was informing his family in the village — his wife, ailing mother and two younger brothers,” Amit said.
Amit said he and a few others went with police to Haridwar to track the accused. “We went to the transport authority and got the his name. We also got a lead that the car loan was taken from a bank. The bank told police that the accused is a resident of Noida Sector 25,” said Amit.
Deepak’s brother Sanju said that the moment his wife was told about the incident, she fainted. “The doctors have been called to stabilise my mother and my sister-in-law,” he said.
Sanju, a Class XI student, said that Deepak was the only earning members of the family. “We own a small piece of land; my brother and I will start working there,” Amit said.