Residents of Indira Camp 4 in Vikaspuri on Saturday claimed that they were being unnecessarily targeted by the police when only a ‘handful of boys’ from the colony were involved in the killing of 42-year-old doctor Pankaj Narang.
Nine people from the locality have already been apprehended with the police on the lookout for three to four other suspects.
The residents, who had so far maintained silence on the issue distancing themselves from the accused, opened up on Saturday after a political slugfest erupted and the incident was given a communal colour .
A section of residents said they would ensure the accused are not allowed to live in the colony if and when they returned from jail.
Some elders of the colony spoke against the anger that some youths had displayed that led to the murder . “We regret the murder but blaming all of us for the crime is not justified. We are worried because people are painting the entire slum as a Muslim or a Bangladeshi colony,” said Akbar Khan, the local pradhan.
Even family members of the prime accused Nasir, whose mother and brother have also been arrested, are now planning to move out of the colony.
Nasir’s sister-in-law, Sabina, said that her family got into trouble because of Nasir’s hot headedness. According to Sabina, Nasir had gone to the locality to play drums with his friends and celebrate Holi.
“They had a party at a nearby park. But instead of returning home, he and his close friend, a juvenile, left for Uttam Nagar. They entered into a scuffle with the doctor over a minor issue. When the two returned, they claimed that the doctor’s family had thrashed them for no reason and also seized their motorcycle,” said Sabina. She added that Nasir, thereafter, called other youths and went to settle scores with the dentist’s family.
Sabina, however, blamed the Narang family for starting the fight.
“The police are accusing my mother of inciting the mob. But she was holding a basketball bat not to attack the doctor, but to stop my brothers from attacking him,” said Nisha. She added that her father, Gulfam, was unaware of the entire issue and was on a business trip in Andhra Pradesh.