The family of 12-year-old Tarun Chauhan,who was shot dead allegedly by a constable during a marriage function in Mukherjee Nagar on Sunday night, has claimed that the incident was an act of revenge. They said constable Jai Baba wanted to settle scores over a parking dispute he had with Taruns uncle Vinod Chauhan,just before the incident.
Raj Kumar Chauhan,Taruns uncle told Newsline,Just before his death,my nephew told me that while on the dance floor, Jai Baba came to him and asked him something,which he could not understand. When Tarun didnt respond,Jai Baba abused him.
Rajkumar said,When Tarun asked him why he was abusing,Jai Baba got angry and pulled out his pistol. Jai Baba said Tarun was Vinod Chauhans relative and deserved to die. It was then that Jai Baba shot Tarun, Raj Kumar said.
Police said Jai Baba had an argument with Vinod Chauhan,after the latter objected to Jai Baba parking his bike in the middle of the street through which the baraat had to be taken out.
Police,however,claimed that the parking dispute and the firing were not related. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Romil Baaniya said,So far,no such allegation has come forward. If the family wishes to give a supplementary statement,we will include it in our investigations. Prima facie,it was a case of accidental celebratory firing.
Taruns mother Sheela said,I was eating dinner when I heard the gunshots. I turned and saw my son had been shot. He would always tell me that we would see his photograph in the newspaper one day,once he became very successful in life. There will be photographs tomorrow,but the circumstances will be different.
Raj Kumar alleged,The Delhi Police constables came uninvited with a friend of our relative,Manmeet. The two constables,along with Manmeet and his friend Vikas,went and got drunk at Manmeets house. Then they came to the wedding venue and had arguments with some guests.
Manmeet is presently absconding. Police believe he may be in possession of the murder weapon.