Former Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh, who was shot dead by a group of unidentified men on Sunday evening, was cremated amid heavy police deployment on Monday. As hundreds, including INLD leader Abhay Chautala, flocked to pay their last respects, locals feared the revival of violence in Najafgarh’s Dichaon village.
The area turned into a fortress on Monday afternoon with more than 500 personnel from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces deployed to maintain law and order. Shops and offices within a 5km radius remained shut.
Singh, who had several cases pending against him, was shot dead by eight unidentified men while attending a function at a small farm house on Sunday evening. The assailants fired three times from point blank range and waited to check Singh’s pulse to make sure he was dead before fleeing in their black Scorpio car.
Singh’s two personal security officials (PSOs), a woman and a child were also injured in the firing which lasted for almost eight minutes.
Police suspect the involvement of rival gangs with the needle of suspicion pointing to the Vikas Langarpuria gang and the Udayveer Kala gang. A case of contract killing has also not been ruled out.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi said the attack was a result of personal rivalry. “We are working on some definite leads. Several teams of south-west district are working on this case. Sleuths from the crime branch and the special cell are also helping. We are confident that we will nab the assailants soon,” he said.
Singh’s family members, however, blamed the police and the central government for his murder. They were handed the body after an autopsy at the Rao Tula Ram hospital on Monday.
The former MLA had been previously targeted in 2012, when armed men opened fire at his office. He had managed to escape with minor injuries then.