Two groups of bike-borne assailants exchanged fire on an open city street in Saket area on Sunday night. A 30-year-old man was killed in the firing, police said.
Police said the incident took place in the Khirki Extension area at around 8pm as two rival gangs from Madangir and Ambedkar Nagar clashed.
The victim, identified as one Iqbal, was a property dealer who allegedly also had criminals cases registered against him in Delhi, police said.
This is the third killing in the ongoing gang-war between rival gangs from the two areas on the streets of south Delhi in the past seven months. Iqbal was shot twice, one of the bullets pumped into his head, police said.
The previous shootout was reported from BRT corridor in Greater Kailash area where Raju Ramakant Rao alias Raju Babu was gunned down in an indiscriminate firing by a group of six rivals carrying sophisticated pistols and batons in a white Scorpio SUV in August. The first killing over gang-war had took place near Qutab Minar in March.
Iqbal was a resident of Tigri Extension in south Delhi. The local police officers as well as Iqbal’s family members have suspected the involvement of Sangam-Vihar based Babli-gang behind his murder. Police sources said the attackers had association with the Raju Gangwal gang that was involved in both the previous gang war cases.
Iqbal had gone to meet someone in Khirki Extension in Malviya Nagar. Around 7.50 pm, he was walking towards the bus stop and had reached near a Sai Baba temple in a lane opposite the Saket Select City Mall when three men on a motorbike signalled him to stop.
“As Iqbal turned towards them, one of the assailants whipped out a pistol and shot him from a close range. The other assailants also fired a couple of rounds to scare the public and avoid getting caught while fleeing the area on their motorcycle,” said a police officer. Iqbal was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on admission.
A commotion broke out in the area and several shoppers outside the shopping mall were seen running around after hearing gunshots, an eyewitness told HT.
A case of murder and under sections of arms act has been registered. Investigators were scanning footage of CCTV cameras installed at the shopping mall and in the locality for leads about identities of the attackers.