Two bike-borne assailants had allegedly opened fire at former Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh’s residence in Dichaon Kala village on February 28, police said. Before that, Singh, who was shot dead on Sunday, had a miraculous escape in 2012 when he was shot thrice from close range.
Probing last month’s attack, several special units of Delhi Police, including the Special Cell and the Crime Branch, could not solve the case. Sources said Singh was the brother of one-time strongman Kishan Pehalwan, who is a councillor from the area.
Following last month’s attack, Pehalwan had lodged a complaint with police. On the basis of the complaint, a case was registered at Baba Haridas Nagar police station in Southwest Delhi.
“Pehalwan told police that he was present at his home on February 28 when the incident occurred. Around 8.25 pm, he heard shots being fired. He along with family members and personal security officers immediately came out of the house. He found two men on a motorcycle waving pistols and threatening to kill them,” a police officer said.
Officers from the Special Cell and Crime Branch of Delhi Police had visited the spot. “Before that, on June 2, 2012, Singh had been shot at thrice by unidentified assailants inside his office. His uncle, Dharampal Singh, too received two bullet injuries when around five armed assailants stormed Singh’s office and fired at least 12 rounds from revolvers and a pistol,” a senior police officer said.
Seven people had been arrested for the attack. A local property dealer identified as Udai Veer was the main accused, who allegedly nursed a grudge against him, police said. A few days ago, Udai Veer, who was in Tihar jail for masterminding the attack on Singh, had come out of jail on bail. Police are probing whether he was involved in Sunday’s attack.
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