A 22-year-old Afghan national was shot at by two unidentified assailants in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area on Monday evening after a heated argument. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim is working with a leading private hospital in Saket area as a translator and was having snacks along with his friend at a food stall when he had an argument with the two men.
The argument escalated after which one of them allegedly whipped out a pistol and shot him twice in front of over 50 people. However, no onlooker nabbed the accused. The victim’s friend also received injuries.
Police said that the victim has been identified as Mustafa and he lives with his father and sister in Hauz Rani area in a rented accommodation.
“The incident occurred around 5.10 pm when Mustafa along with his friend Shahrukh came to eat chowmein in a crowded market in Khirki Extension area near Sai Baba temple. In the meantime, two men came and had an argument with the victim. Later, they opened fired on Mustafa, injuring him in the back and leg in the crowded market. Shahrukh was wounded and received head injuries as he was hit with a blunt object,” the officer said.
After committing the crime, the assailants managed to escape from the spot.
Police came to know about the incident at 5.15 pm after locals made a PCR call and informed them about the incident. “After receiving the call, police immediately reached the spot and the victims were taken to a nearby hospital where they are now recuperating,” an officer said, adding that on the basis of Shahrukh’s statement, a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 of the IPC was registered at Malviya Nagar police station of South Delhi.
Police has started their investigation and recovered footage from a CCTV camera in the area. “After scanning the CCTV footage, police came to know that the accused were aware with the topography of the area and now police are zeroing in on local criminals of the area,” the officer said.