One of the key witnesses in murder case of former Delhi MLA Bharat Singh was allegedly shot dead on Tuesday by five unidentified assailants outside Japanese Park in Sector 12 of Outer Delhi’s Rohini. The deceased, identified as Vipin (24) was Singh’s driver and had come to meet a friend when the incident happened.
Preliminary investigation showed the attack was allegedly committed by the gang members of Udaiveer alias Kaale, who was arrested along with his five associates in April in connection with Singh’s murder.
Former Indian National Lok Dal legislator from Najafgarh, Bharat Singh, was shot dead in April this year, following which, six persons, including the son of a former Delhi MLA, were arrested.
However, the alleged co-conspirator, Hemant, who is Udaiveer’s nephew, is still at large. He has turned out to be one of the suspects in Vipin’s murder, said a police official.
Sources said Vipin was Singh’s close associate and he was lso believed to be associated with Singh’s brother Krishan Pehlwan, a former gangster, since he was a teenager. He had once intervened when Bharat Singh allegedly slapped Virender Sehrawat alias Bholu’s aunt around fours years ago. “Days before Singh’s murder, some unidentified men had assaulted Vipin but he managed to escape. Bholu wanted to eliminate Vipin and was also targeted the day Singh was gunned down,” sources added.
“Vipin was one of the key witnesses in Singh’s murder case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer district) Vikramjit Singh.
“The incident took place around 5.45 pm when Vipin’s motorbike was intercepted by a car. Five men came out of the car and started beating Vipin. He was then chased for a while before being shot. They fired around 10 rounds, five of which hit Vipin, before fleeing the spot,” a senior police officer said.
Police reached the spot and the victim was rushed to a hospital nearby where he was declared “brought dead”.
“A case of murder has been registered at Prashant Vihar police station and investigation is underway. Victim’s body has been sent for postmortem and his relatives have so far maintained that Vipin had received no threat call,” Singh said.
During their investigation, police came to know that Vipin had gone to meet a woman he knew.
“He came to meet her in his motorbike and she was with him, when the assailants came in their car and tried to overpower him. She late fled the spot,” police sources said.
They added that prime-facie,it appeared that he was killed over his police statement in Bharat Singh’s murder where he was a prime witness.
Initial investigation also showed the assailants were aware of the victim’s location as it was a desolate stretch with no buildings or installations from where CCTV footage could be obtained, said an official. It is suspected that the murder was planned in advance and the location was part of the plan, the officer added.