He was used to confronting, and successfully evicting 'loafers' from, an installation that he had been emotionally attached to for over three years.
On Thursday night however, Trilok Singh Tokas (56) met his match — and how.
An ex-CRPF officer before he became a successful contractor, friends and family said Tokas was a 'quiet man with a calm disposition' with no enemies.
However, investigators trailing the three gun-toting assailants who pumped five bullets into him and left him in a pool of blood at Vasant Vihar's Baba Gangnath Sports Complex believe there's more to his brutal end than meets the eye.
"On the face of it, the incident seems to have been triggered by his violent confrontation with the two men sitting in the park around 11:30pm. But his family has expressed certain apprehensions about the incident being a fallout of
professional rivalry," said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range).
A resident of Munirka Village, Trilok and his only son Dinesh had recently emerged as the most 'deserving' candidates out of a vast pool of contractors to be handed maintenance contracts of several sports installations across the Capital by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
"Only yesterday, my nephew Dinesh had secured seven maintenance contracts for sports installations in places like Palam and Dwarka among several others. But he didn't have any sort of enmity with anyone. He was a very calm man," maintained Brijender Singh Tokas (44), Trilok's younger brother.
Simultaneously, his visibly scared niece, who did not wish to be identified, requested media persons not to click pictures of the family's house as she bluntly stated she feared for the lives of herself and her brother.
Sources said the Tokas family, by rushing to the scene of the crime to transport a bloodied Trilok to AIIMS, had subtly pointed to the existence of certain rivalries — both within and outside their household. They hadn't immediately informed the police.
"We are investigating the case from several angles including that of personal enmity. Though eyewitness accounts point to sudden confrontation as the trigger, enmity cannot be ruled out," said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).