One man was injured and another suffered a gunshot injury when a war of words between two groups escalated into a full-fledged riot in south Delhi's Safdurjung Enclave area on Wednesday evening, police said.
Police said the incident that occurred around 3.45pm was a result of an ego clash between the local groups that happened to be led by two former best friends suddenly turned enemies.
"The incident was reported from outside Jerusalem Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Raj Nagar locality, which comes under the Safdarjung Enclave Police Station. There were seven to eight members in each group," said a senior police officer investigating the incident.
According to police, the injured men have been identified as Mohammad Hasimuddin (24), a resident of Sangam Vihar, and Rohit (23) of Raj Nagar.
According to police, at least seven rounds of bullets were fired from a sophisticated pistol during the incident. The weapon if offence is yet to be recovered.
"We reached the spot immediately after we got a call claiming that a violent altercation had broken out between two groups. At the spot we found that both Hasimuddin and Rohit
were injured and were immediately rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Their condition is stated to be stable," the officer said.
Police said while Rohit suffered a gunshot injury on the right side of his chest, Hasimuddin had external injuries.
"A few days ago, Hasimuddin had challenged Rohit that he could show his power in the latter's locality also and on Wednesday he and his group had come to prove it,” the police said.
“However, Rohit and his group members were ready for this and they attacked the rival group as soon as they entered their area. At least 10 youths have been detained in connection with the incident."