The mob emerged in a flash on Shahbad Dairy-Narela Road road after a school bus ran over three-year-old Aditya, according to people who were at the site. The police claimed they opened fire in the air in self-defence as they were attacked by the mob. Local residents, however, claimed it was straight firing which hit Wasim and killed him.
“I came here on my motorbike soon after receiving a message from my chowki in-charge that some disturbance had happened… I was deployed at an event on the occasion of Eid Milad un-Nabi,” said constable Pradeep. The mob torched his motorbike after Wasim was struck by a bullet.
“There were around 1,000 of them and many were carrying sticks and stones. A few policemen were running before them. Some of them caught me and started beating me. They also hit me with stones, but I managed to flee, leaving my motorbike,” said Pradeep, who is undergoing treatment at Max Hospital in Narela.
Saurabh, who took Wasim to hospital in a rickshaw, said, “The firing was straight at us. Police started lathicharge without reason and then people started throwing stones.” He added, “Wasim was standing close to me, when police opened fire. One of the bullets hit him on his chest and he fell on the ground.”
Sanjay, who runs a medical store near Wasim’s groundnut kiosk, said he shut his shop after seeing the mob, but his car parked outside was vandalised.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) Vikramjeet Singh said the mob tried to snatch the service pistol from a police official. They were many and police personnel were just 12 to 15, he added.