Within a span of three hours and 45 minutes, four men on bikes pumped over 50 bullets into two men in two separate localities of northeast Delhi on Sunday. Police suspect the assailants in both cases are the same — they were riding similar bikes and used the same modus operandi. While police have refused to confirm if the murders were a result of a gang war, sources said they are probing the case from this angle as well. “We cannot talk about the motive until the accused have been arrested. We have been questioning people in both localities to ascertain the possible reasons. We have registered a case of murder in both incidents,” DCP (northeast) A K Singla said.
According to police, the first shooting took place around 9.30 pm on Sunday evening. The victim, Mohammad Wajid (35) and his friend, Mohammad Faiz (29), were standing near Gali number 7 in Brahmpuri when the assailants — on an FZ Yamaha and an Apache — drove past and fired at the duo. “The assailants shot Wajid over 20 times. Faiz tried to run but the bikers gave chase and shot him eight times. The men were taken to GTB Hospital, where Wajid was pronounced dead. Faiz is critical,” said a police officer. Police sources said they have retrieved footage of the shooting from seven CCTV cameras in the area.
Three kilometres away in Bhajanpura, 23-year-old Arif Hussain alias Raza paced around his room as he told his sister about the murder. “He said it was all over the news, that a man was shot dead by assailants on a bike in Brahmpuri. He looked tensed… my father asked him to sleep,” his sister told The Indian Express.
While the family went to bed, his sister said Arif decided to stay up. Around 1 am, he received a call and went out of the house. “He stood outside, waiting for someone… he fed biscuits to the dogs. Suddenly, I heard some bikes stop outside our house… and what sounded like fire crackers,” she said. His sister tried to step out to see what had happened when the doors opened and Arif, who was bleeding, rushed inside followed by a man wielding guns. “The man was wearing an orange t-shirt. He shot Arif in the foot and twice in the head. He continued to fire till he ran out of bullets,” she said.
Arif’s father, Zakir Hussain, called PCR at 1.15 am, and a police team took his body to GTB Hospital. “My son was a BCom graduate… he was going to apply to Delhi Police. I think some gangsters killed him; but my son was not involved. He never got into fights,” the father said.
Police said they have retrieved CCTV footage which purportedly shows Arif being shot at least 30 times. Police sources suspect the two men may have been involved with the Chenu gang but have not been able to ascertain their roles yet. “Wajid has several cases registered against him while we found none against Arif. We are yet to find a link between the two men. We suspect the murders may have been carried out by members of the Nasir gang. From the CCTV footage of both incidents, the bikes the assailants were riding look the same,” a police source said.