Three of a family were shot dead by two men in Southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur on Saturday night. Om Prakash Mishra (50), his wife Shanti Mishra (46) and their son Amit Mishra (22) were shot dead in front of their house, police said.
Police have arrested their neighbours, Sachin (30) and Bir Singh (38), in connection with the murders. According to police, the family had earlier lodged two cases against the accused and sought protection.
Police said Sachin and Bir Singh were waiting in a car outside Amit’s house since 9.30 pm. As soon as they saw Amit, they opened fire at him, police said. It is unclear whether the car in which the accused were waiting belonged to them.
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Hearing gunshots, Amit’s parents rushed out. “The accused opened fire at the couple as well. While Sachin fled the spot, Bir Singh was caught,” a police officer said.
Amit’s sister-in-law, who stays with the family, too rushed out of the house. Seeing the three lying in a pool of blood, she called police.
Police said Amit died on the spot, while his parents succumbed to injuries at a hospital.
Amit was the youngest of Om Prakash’s three sons. Om Prakash was a garment businessman.
Police said the family had shifted to the rented accommodation in Jaitpur in October last year. They did not get along well with Bir Singh’s family, who live next door.
Om Prakash’s family alleged Sachin and Bir Singh had assaulted them in the past over minor issues. “Sachin and Bir Singh had threatened us in the past. We had sought police protection but never got any. We had lodged two cases against them in the past. The accused would threaten us with dire consequences if we did not withdraw the cases,” Sujit, Om Prakash’s older son, alleged.
Sujit alleged that trouble started when Bir Singh’s son hit his bike, which was parked outside the house. “When I asked them why they hit my bike, they assaulted me. Since I did not want to get into a fight, I came home.
A week later, Bir Singh’s son and his friends assaulted Amit. It is then that my father and I intervened. That evening, I was attacked again, forcing us to approach police,” Sujit alleged.
BSP leader shot dead in Ghaziabad
Three men on two bikes shot dead a BSP leader in Loni area of Ghaziabad on Saturday night.
Police said the BSP leader, identified as Amarpal Jatav, lived with his family in Loni and was the district secretary of the BSP. “The incident took place when he was returning home in an auto from a party function at the Ramlila Maidan in Loni,” Ghaziabad Superintendent of Police (rural) Jagish Sharma said.
Police said the three men stopped the auto Amarpal was travelling in. “They pulled him out and opened fire. After shooting him dead, the trio fled. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead,” a senior police officer said.
Police said Amarpal had seven bullet injuries on his body and died on the spot due to massive internal bleeding and damage to vital organs.
Police said preliminary investigation pointed to personal enmity as the motive behind the murder. They also suspect the involvement of contract killers.
According to police, Amarpal’s brother too had been killed recently.
“We suspect that his brother was murdered by the same group. Five people have been named in the FIR,” Sharma said. He said no arrests had been made, but a special team had been formed to nab the culprits.
Student shot dead over argument
An MTech student was shot dead by bikers in East Delhi early Sunday morning. Police said the student, Shivam Mishra, and his friend Sachin Dubey were going home after eating dinner at a friend’s place in Shakarpur when the incident took place. The two left the friend’s house at 1 am and were looking for transport when they got into an argument with a few bikers.
“As the argument heated up,one of the bikers shot at Mishra and Dubey. A passerby made a PCR call and the two were rushed to a hospital. While Mishra was declared brought dead, Dubey is recuperating. We have registered a case and investigation is on,” police said.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old student of Delhi University was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her home in Outer Delhi’s Shahabad Dairy on Sunday morning. Police suspect it to be a case of murder or honour killing.
The PCR call was made by the student’s mother at 8.15 am after she found her daughter dead in her room. Investigation has revealed that the student had had an argument with her step-brother, who lives in a village nearby. The matter is under investigation, police said.