Personal enmity led to attack on MLA: cops
The Delhi Police have arrested four people for the bid on INLD legislator Bharat Singh's life in Najafgarh on Saturday morning. The police cited personal enmity as the reason for the attack and ruled out any gang war angle.delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2012 01:17 IST
The Delhi Police have arrested four people for the bid on INLD legislator Bharat Singh's life in Najafgarh on Saturday morning. The police cited personal enmity as the reason for the attack and ruled out any gang war angle.
Police said the MLA humiliated one of the accused, Vikas Dagar, a year ago. Later, Dagar assaulted the MLA. Fearing reprisal, he decided to kill Singh.
Apart from Dagar, the other accused are Kuldeep Mittal, Sumeet Singh and Virender Sehrawat. Dagar is an MBA and was planning to leave for Dublin for further studies.
Four armed assailants had entered Singh's office around 8:30 am on Saturday and opened fire. Besides Singh, his relative Dharampal was also injured in the incident.
“At 4:30 pm on Saturday, a team of special cell received a tip-off that the accused would come to Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, to collect money. A trap was laid and they were
arrested,” Delhi police commissioner BK Gupta said.
The police said the dispute started in June 2011 when a couple from Bahadurgarh was cheated by Dagar's relative in the name of chit fund.
The couple had approached the MLA to get their lost money back.
“In June 2011, the MLA summoned Dagar along with his relative and asked them to pay up the money,” Gupta said. Sources said the MLA allegedly humiliated Dagar's relative.
The same month, when Singh went to Jharoda Kalan, Dagar's village, the latter assaulted the MLA and slapped him, police said.
“Bharat Singh did not report the matter to the police,” Gupta said. “Dagar came to know that Bharat Singh and his supporters may target him and as a pre-emptive move, he decided to hit back,” he added.
The police said Dagar started the planning in May and first procured small firearms and ammunition.
Dagar asked Sumeet Singh to observe the movements of Bharat Singh. They had planned to kill Singh when he visited Jharoda Kalan.
“As Singh was not visiting Jharoda Kalan, they decided to target him at his office in Najafgarh. For the past one week, Virender visited his office and found that he used to come between 8 am and 10 am,” a senior police officer said.
On Saturday morning, all the four accused reached his office in two bikes around 7.30 am.
When Bharat Singh arrived around 8:30 am in his Scorpio car, they chased him and opened fire.