Kin of man killed in road rage assault say land mafia behind murder

  • Mohit Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 07, 2015 00:17 IST

Five teams of the Central Delhi police have been deployed to nab the four absconding suspects who were allegedly involved in the brutal murder of a scrap dealer on Sunday night. The incident is suspected to be a case of road rage in Central Delhi's Turkman Gate area.

More than 30 raids were conducted till Monday night, even as the police failed to pacify the enraged family members and locals who brought traffic to a standstill in Central Delhi areas throughout the day.

Shahnawaz, 38, was killed on Sunday night by five men in front of his sons in central Delhi's Daryaganj, after his motorbike scratched the latter's car.

The accused had managed to flee from the spot after the incident. However, the Delhi police claimed to have arrested one of the five accused in the case, identified as Mohammad Waseem. Police sources said initial investigation suggests that the men were drunk during the time of the incident.

"The accused were returning from a wedding in East Delhi and heading for their residence at the time. Two of the accused were in the car, three were on a scooty. The men initially had a heated argument, but soon it spiralled into a fistfight. The accused finally fled the scene after Shahnawaz fell unconscious," said a police official.

Shahnawaz was on his way back home on Mata Sundri road along with his two sons. "Our brother-in-law had passed away recently and Shahnawaz had gone to console his parents and sister," said Sohail, Shahnawaz's brother.

The family members of the victim alleged the involvement of the local land mafia in Shahnawaz's death and accused the police of harbouring the assailants, owing to their political connections.

Protesting against the murder, the family members of the victim staged a demonstration along with his body on the main road in the area. The family members demanded action against the area SHO and other policemen, leading to traffic chaos. An angry mob even tried to set ablaze the house of one of the accused. But the incident was averted owing to the quick response of Delhi police officials.

Local political leaders also joined the angry protesters, alleging that the accused were members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). However, AAP spokespersons denied the allegations.

Delhi police commissioner, BS Bassi, said, "The case is one of road rage but personal enmity is also being probed. One of the accused, Waseem (24), has been arrested. All of them have been identified and are locals of the area. Allegations of the locals against the police are also being 'looked at'."

Police is also looking into the local CCTV footage from the area to ascertain the chain of events which led to the tragedy.

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