A 43-year-old Congress Seva Dal worker was shot dead in a suspected road rage incident on the Bhalaswa flyover near GT Karnal Road in the early hours of Tuesday.
According to police, the victim, Vinod Mehra, was returning home after attending a wedding. He was in a Wagon-R with his 16-year-old nephew Kunal. The boy told police that when they were returning, an Eeco brushed past their vehicle, and Mehra rolled down his window and yelled at the driver. The nephew told police that the Eeco, which had four persons inside, intercepted them moments later, after which occupants of both vehicles stepped out.
The men allegedly assaulted Mehra before shooting him in the chest at point blank range, police said, adding that the men fled after the incident. Police said they received a PCR call by Mehra’s nephew at 2.53 am.
Police said they are on the lookout for the four accused and are also probing other angles.
Mehra’s wife told The Indian Express that she was at home during the incident and got to know about it later, following which she rushed to the hospital. “I did not go for the wedding,” she said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Aslam Khan said, “The role of every family member and close friend is under the scanner in connection with the murder. However, police are still treating the case as a road rage incident.”
A case under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) has been registered at Jahangirpuri police station.
Mehra, a builder, stayed with his family in Geeta Colony. Delhi Congress Sewa Dal president Dineshwar Tyagi said Mehra had been an organiser in the outfit for six years.
Mehra’s father Mangat Ram said his son had left home at 10 pm. “I was on my way to attend a wedding in Karkardooma. I told him to join me but he said he had to attend a friend’s wedding,” he said.
“The bullet hit him in the chest. He died within two minutes,” said Dr LC Gupta, from BJRM hospital, where his post-mortem was conducted.