One of the Delhi Police's most wanted is 'inspiring' the youth in semi-urban Delhi villages to walk in his shoes and use fire power to settle property disputes.
Motivated by the larger-than-life image that Surinder Malik alias 'Neetu' has, three men were recently arrested for shooting at a juvenile at his own house in a northwest Delhi village.
According to the complainant, a resident of the Pooth Khurd Village near northwest Delhi's Bawana, the incident occurred on the evening of April 3 when he was at home with his parents.
"It was around 11 pm when there was a knock on the door. When I checked from the keyhole, I saw Deepak and Gaurav who also stay in my village. I asked them what they wanted and they started swearing at me," the victim told police.
Sensing trouble, the victim thought it better to ignore them and also told his parents to do the same. However, thinking it better to try and sort the matter out instead of hiding, his mother opened the door.
"As soon as she opened the door, Deepak pushed her aside, pointed a gun at me and shot me in the arm. The bullet also got my mother in her right arm. When they left, they kept shouting that I'd better let them take possession of a plot in the village which is in our family's possession," he said.
The police soon rounded up the trio. When asked why they had chosen to settle the dispute through the barrel of a gun, the trio stated it was because of their reverence for Neetu, who happens to be from the same village.
"The boys told us that they had heard tales of Neetu's rise and subsequent rise in the world of crime and had realised that his was the only way to follow," an officer who questioned them said.