A day after he was shot at by two unidentified, bike-borne men in a snatching attempt gone terribly wrong near Tis Hazari Court Complex in north Delhi, 56-year-old Pravin Nagpal is battling for his life at a city hospital.
A resident of West Punjabi Bagh and a businessman by profession, Nagpal was shot at twice when he was en route his residence near the metro station at 8pm on Wednesday.
Police said Nagpal, a dry fruits merchant in the adjacent Khari Baoli area, was about to enter the station when the two men approached him from behind on foot.
"He informed one of his relatives, Subhash Babbar, about the incident before informing a CISF personnel on duty at the station. The security officer took him to St. Stephen's Hospital across the road and made the PCR call," said Jatin Chhabra, Nagpal's brother-in-law.
The shooter failed to snatch the bag Nagpal was carrying despite shooting him and escaped as his associate rode past him on the bike.
"He was operated upon for 4 hours but is still in a critical situation. He is in the ICU and will be on the ventilator for 4-5 days," a doctor at the hospital said.
Meanwhile, three men have been arrested for shooting at and injuring a bad character in southeast Delhi's Govindpuri area after being put up to it by a notorious builder currently serving time in Tihar Jail.Police said the incident occurred at 11.30pm when the said assailants barged into the residence of Mohammad Sheru, who was injured during the firing incident in which at least eight rounds of bullets were fired by four assailants.
"The arrested trio has been identified as Mohammad Abid, Sanju and De Silva. We have reason to believe that they were put up to the contract by their boss in Tihar Jail who wanted to get his rival gang leader, Mohammad Sheru,
eliminated," said a senior police officer.