Updated: August 27, 2021 7:12:56 am
In a suspected case of road rage, a 22-year-old man was allegedly shot in the head near IGI Airport Wednesday morning.
The victim, Sandeep Bhati, is undergoing treatment and is critical. The accused, Nitin Singh (27), has been arrested. Police said Singh, who is the son of a police officer, was drunk at the time.
Bhati was in his Hyundai Verna along with three friends – Ashu, Gaurav and Vipin – when the incident took place around 5 am. According to eyewitnesses, Bhati and his friends had allegedly tried to overtake Singh’s blue Swift car twice. This enraged Singh who then followed the victim’s car and fired at them twice – the first bullet hit the rear windshield while the second hit Bhati’s head.
A senior police officer from the Southwest district said they received a PCR call about the firing and rushed to the spot. “We found Ashu, who told that us that the victim was admitted to Yatharth Hospital in Noida. When we reached the hospital, Gaurav said they were on their way back from a temple in Bhiwadi when an unknown person started following them from the airport,” said the officer.
Police said the accused switched off his car’s headlights and waylaid them near RTR Marg. He parked his car near them, pulled out a pistol, and allegedly started firing. As Bhati’s friends tried to stop the shooter, he fled. Scared of being attacked again, two of the men rushed Bhati to the Hospital, while one of them lodged a complaint.
During investigation, police scanned CCTV footage from the Delhi-Gurgaon border till Kalkaji and identified the car’s colour and model based on a description given by the victim’s friends.
Amit Goel, Additional DCP (Southwest), said, “The car is owned by a woman who is a head constable in South Delhi district. Her son, Singh, was driving it. After the firing incident, he drove to Kalkaji where he rammed into a road divider. He then sent his car to a repair shop in Okhla; our team has seized the vehicle.”
When Singh was arrested, he initially told the police that he wasn’t aware of what happened. “He was drunk and didn’t remember what he did to the victim. We found that he had an unlicensed pistol. Both parties were trying to overtake each other. After some time, Singh was angry and decided to attack the victim. He is unemployed and lives with his family in the Kalkaji police colony,” added Goel.
The victim’s brother, who lives in Noida, said their father passed away a few years ago and Bhati was running a property business with their mother. “Sandeep and his friends were inside the car. We thought the overtaking thing was harmless, but the man fired at Bhati. His friends said there were no policemen around. They drove towards a picket where they found a policeman and informed him about the incident. They were worried and decided not to stop the car and went to Noida,” said his brother.
During enquiry, it came to light that there was only one policeman at the picket near Dhaula Kuan who allowed the victim to drive towards Noida. “There was not much security around the spot. We are looking into the matter. The policeman tried helping the victim, but the men didn’t want to stop,” said an officer who did not want to be named.
Police said a case has been registered under IPC sections for rash driving, attempted murder, and the Arms Act on Gaurav’s complaint.
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