Ajeet, 17, and Arjun, 15, left their homes in Trilokpuri’s Block 28 for tuition classes at around 11:30am on Saturday. After previous evening’s clashes, everything was peaceful that morning.
But an hour later, both boys ended up with bullets in their bodies — caught in the crossfire between mobs and the police on their way back home from tuition. Ajeet was shot in the back. Arjun took a bullet in the face.
Two days after clashes broke out in Trilokpuri, Arjun remains critical while Ajeet has been declared out of danger.
Arjun is in the ICU at Patparganj’s Max Hospital, fighting for his life. His father, Ramesh, said, “Senior police officers and an official from the L-G’s office met me yesterday and promised that all expenses for Arjun’s treatment will be borne by the government.”
The boys’ tormented families, however, maintain they were shot by the police. The police deny the claim.
“It has not yet been established whose bullet hit the teenagers. The videos available with us shows rioters using pistols. It is possible that their bullets hit the boys,” a senior police officer told Newsline. “Our men were armed with MP5 guns. Had any bullet from an MP5 hit the injured directly, it would have been a fatal shot.”
Arjun’s mother, Malhar, said she had witnessed an officer fire from his gun to disperse the crowd at around 12:30 pm. “Around 12 rounds were fired by the police in and around Block 28. I saw one bullet hit my son and another hit his friend when they crossed over from Block 34,” she said.
“They avoided the shortcut because of police were sending people back into their homes. However, the boys did not know there were police coming in from the opposite direction around the bend. That is when they got caught in the firing.”
Malhar said a bullet pierced Arjun’s jaw and got lodged in his skull. “He collapsed just outside the gates of our block… I ran out of my house to rescue him but the police attacked me with lathis and ordered me to go back in. I protested that I had to take Arjun to hospital, after which I was allowed to go.”
After being shot, Ajeet managed to walk the short distance to his house before, said his uncle, Rajkumar. Ajeet is in Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable.