Angry shopkeepers blocked the Nangal Raya road in west Delhi’s Mayapuri for two hours on Wednesday and shut down the market in protest the murder of businessman Haridwari Lal.
Lal was shot dead by robbers and his son injured right outside their house late on Tuesday. The robbers snatched a bag containing Rs 3.5 lakh after shooting him in the abdomen and younger son Pramod in the shoulder.
“This is utter lawlessness. Chain snatchings were common in the area but this incident has shocked us,” Yashpal, Lal’s elder son, said.
“We are not even secure at the gates of our house. We will now deploy private security guards in the colony,” said Mahesh Kumar, a local resident.
They were returning from their shop, barely 200 metres away from their Nangal Raya home, around 10 pm, when five-six armed men attacked them.
“While we were entering the house they pounced on us. My father was carrying a bag and one of the robbers tried to snatch it from him. When he resisted, they fired in the air. When he held on to the bag, they shot him in the abdomen. There was a power cut in the area, so I could not see anyone’s face,” Pramod said.
Injured Pramod drove his father to hospital. “He was bleeding profusely. He died on the way to hospital,” Pramod added.
As the incident took place in a crowded lane, police suspect the men were well-versed with the topography of the area. “We are probing the role of local criminals. The robbers knew the area well and managed to run away through the congested lanes,” Sharad Agarwal, DCP (west), said.
Lawrence Road victim still critical
Ravi Shankar (42), was returning home with a neighbour in a rickshaw when motorcycle-borne snatchers intercepted them at A1 Block on Lawrence Road in northwest Delhi. Shankar is critical after being shot in the throat.
“One of them tried to snatch his bag. They shot him when he resisted. His neighbour was also injured,” Shankar’s brother D.N. Sharma said.
To battle the upswing in crime and robberies, the police have started a drive to check the registration of all the motorcycles in Delhi. “With the help of the verification drive, there has been a 70 per cent drop in the number of snatching cases and a 30 per cent drop in robbery incidents,” said Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.