A 28-year-old man was shot dead by a distant relative when two groups had a heated argument over an old dispute in east Delhi’s Lalita Park area on late Wednesday night. The victim, identified as Rajeev Kumar, used to work as a security guard with Delhi Metro.
Both the groups were coming from a social function when an argument broke out. “Around midnight, Rajeev stopped his car in front of his relative Than Singh’s car, forcing him to stop. Both were travelling with their family members. An argument broke out between the two. The argument turned violent, and they got into a fight,” said a senior police officer.As the argument grew heated, Singh, who works as a private security guard, took out his licensed revolver and fired five rounds that hit Rajeev in his stomach and leg.
“Rajeev was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. No one else was injured in the incident but they were also taken to the hospital for medical examination,” the officer added.
Singh has been arrested and booked for murder while some of Rajeev’s family members have been held for beating the former’s relatives. A case has been registered at the Shakarpur police station.
Investigation revealed that nearly a week ago, Singh and his relatives had beaten up Rajeev’s father at a marriage ceremony in Noida. “Rajeev was looking for an opportunity to take revenge. On Wednesday, he saw Singh at a ceremony and started following their car when they left,” he added. At the Lalita Park bus stop, Rajeev overtook Singh’s car and forced him to stop. The two then got into an argument, which later turned fatal.
Rajeev’s family lives in east Delhi’s Ganesh Nagar while Than Singh lives in Laxmi Nagar. Both families were coming from Khajoori Khas.