Three persons were allegedly shot at in two separate road rage incidents in South East Delhi in less than 24 hours, police said Thursday.
The first incident occurred in Greater Kailash’s BRT corridor Wednesday night when one of two persons on a bike allegedly opened fire at a car’s occupants following an argument over giving way, said sources.
The second shooting took place in Sunlight Colony near Ashram Flyover Thursday afternoon when a motorcyclist fired at an auto-rickshaw driver after the three-wheeler reportedly nudged the bike, said police sources.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) M S Randhawa said cases were registered and a hunt was on to nab the culprits.
On the BRT corridor firing, a police officer said, “At about 12.30 am, Manmohan Singh (28), a private tutor, and his relatives Pawan (26) and Shivam (28), all residents of Kotla Mubarakpur, were heading towards Nehru Place in their car, looking for an eatery. Singh was driving and Shivam was sitting next to him. The incident occurred when they reached near Siri Fort crossing. Suddenly two motorcyclists intercepted them and signalled them to stop.”
Investigation has revealed the pillion rider got down from the bike and started abusing the car’s occupants for not giving way, added the officer. “The pillion rider walked towards the car and abused them for not giving way despite repeated use of dippers. Singh got enraged and asked him not to abuse them, but the man, in his twenties, kept shouting. He asked Singh to come out from his car and when he got out, the man whipped out a pistol and opened fire on him,” the officer added.
The officer said the bike- borne shooter fired five rounds and a bullet hit Singh in his hand and pierced a window pane.
“Another bullet struck Shivam’s abdomen. After firing on them, the bikers escaped from the spot, while threatening them. Pawan who was on the rear seat called the Police Control Room. The victims were taken to AIIMS. Their condition is stated to be stable,” the officer said.
In Thursday’s flare-up, 26-year-old autorickshaw driver Shravan suffered injuries when he was shot at, a police officer said.
Shravan was heading towards Badarpur from Nizamuddin when his vehicle reportedly bumped a motorcycle at a traffic signal, added the officer. This enraged the motorcyclists, who got into a spat with the auto driver, the officer said.
“The two started abusing him. When he told them not to abuse him, the biker got down and opened fire on him. The duo fled soon after. The bullet hit the ground and its pellets pierced Shravan’s legs,” the officer added.
CCTV cameras not working
Investigation into the road rage incident in BRT corridor has revealed most of the CCTV cameras are not functioning. Despite repeated complaints and letters of Delhi Police, the concerned agency has not rectified these cameras, said sources. The BRT corridor starts from Hotel Oberoi till Khanpur Devli, connecting to Mehrauli Badarpur road. Most people going to Badarpur use this stretch.