A 40-year-old man and his brother-in-law were stabbed and shot at on the intervening night of April 16 and 17 over sharing of water, said police.
The incident, which happened at 218, Shahenshahi Katra Galli near Tis Hazari courts, is a grim reminder of a murder that took place eight months ago in the same area over sharing of water from a tap.
Police said on scanning CCTV footage, they found that the accused are the neighbours of the victim, Sanjeev Sonkar. Police had registered a case against them under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) under the IPC.
DCP (north) Madhur Verma said, “There was an incident over distribution of water. Two men fired bullets and stabbed their neighbours. Since the incident, they have been on the run and the case is under investigation.” He added that one of the accused was earlier charged with murder.
Sonkar, a tutor, said he has been living in constant fear since the incident. He owns a one-room house and has been staying in the area since 2012.
He said the assault was over a submersible bore water connection, which is owned by five people in the locality including his neighbour who stays on the floor above his house. Since the DJB water connection is irregular and comes for a limited time, he had asked his neighbour if he could use the bore connection. “However, one of the owners, Mahesh, had a problem with the arrangement and demanded
Rs 5,000 which I had refused. Fearing trouble, I did not use the connection,” said Sonkar.
Two weeks ago, Sonkar, his wife, children and brother-in-law were sitting outside their house and laughing which was misunderstood by their neighbour.
“The neighbour’s son, Pankaj, came and asked us why we were making fun of them. He thought it was related to the water problem and started abusing us. My brother-in-law, Vikas, got into an argument following which Pankaj called his brother and two other people. They stabbed us and also fired two shots but we escaped,” said Sonkar, who received two cuts from the knife.
Recounting the incident, Sonkar’s wife Veena said none of the neighbours came to their aid.
“We screamed for help as the men had let their dogs on us. I rushed inside my house. They fired at my brother but he narrowly escaped,” she said. Veena too sustained minor injuries during the incident. She said she and her husband are thinking of selling their house and leaving the area. “But we don’t know how much money we will get if we sell it,” she added.
Veena’s brother Vikas was severely injured in the incident. He received a cut on his eye as well as his shoulder. He said, “We had an argument but is this the way to deal with any issue? It is nearly two weeks since the incident but police are yet to catch the men.”
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