A middle-aged couple was shot dead early Wednesday in northeast Delhi by a 22-year-old man whose sister had eloped with their son a few months ago.
Sharda Prasad Tiwari, 45, and his wife Shobha, 40, were gunned down in Harsh Vihar’s Salboni Village around 6am by Dinesh Rawal, who is on the run. Rawal’s sister, whose identity was not revealed by the police, eloped to Jammu with his friend Durgesh Tiwari in December.
Rawal was incensed as the two families, who are also neighbours, belong to different castes.
“Tiwari was in town for a court hearing in a kidnapping case that Rawal and his family had filed against Durgesh,” said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (northeast).
Rawal saw Tiwari, a sales executive posted in Jammu, walk to his house after getting off a Delhi-bound train at the railway crossing near his two-storey house, said the officer. Rawal, who is unemployed and spends most of his time home, decided to get even.
He dashed home — opposite Tiwari’s house — and got a country-made pistol. On his way, he picked up two friends, who live next door.
Tiwari had seen Rawal follow him and sensed danger. “He ran to the terrace of his home for protection,” said Jain.
Shobha tried to stop Rawal from entering the house but he pumped two bullets into her. On hearing the shots, her husband rushed out, but Rawal opened fire on him as well, the police officer said.
No arrests have been made so far.