Two people were killed after a personal remark passed by an inebriated neighbour led to an ugly clash between two families in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on Saturday.
While two members of Jairam Vajpayee’s, 45, family, including his son, were killed, two other relatives suffered serious stab wounds after they were attacked by at least eight members of the neighbour’s family.
The deceased have been identified as Vajpayee’s son Kuldeep Vajpayee, 20, and his brother-in-law Narender Mishra, 38. Mishra’s wife Vineeta, 35 and his relative Pappu Mishra, 38, were injured in the incident.
Five members, including three women of the second family also sustained injuries in the clash that broke out at around 11.30pm in Jahangirpuri’s I-block on Saturday night.
A case has been registered at the Mahendra Park police station.
Anil Pandit, a registered criminal of Jahangirpuri police station who has 10 cases against him, and three of his family members including one Suman and Anju, have been arrested in the case so far.
Police are looking for other associates of Pandit who were involved in the clash.
While Vajpayee’s family has alleged that Pandit had been demanding Rs 50,000 from them as extortion money, investigators have rubbished the claim saying that the fight broke out after a personal remark was passed on Vajpayee’s family.
“Pandit’s brother Sunil, who has been arrested, had passed a personal remark on Vajpayee, who along with his family members, followed him till outside his house, where the clash broke out. Pandit and his family members attacked Vajyapee family with knives and batons. Vajpayee’s son and brother-in-law suffered serious stab wounds and died at BJRM hospital. We are looking for the absconding people in the case,” said Romil Baniya, additional DCP (northwest).
Vajpayee’s family members have alleged that Pandit was demanding the extortion money as Vajpayee was constructing his house in the locality. “Pandit was even threatening us with dire consequences if we did not meet his demand,” said Pankaj Mishra, Vajpayee’s brother-in-law.
“The demand for Rs 50,000 came immediately after my brother-in-law initiated the construction work at his plot, around a month ago. Pandit and his brothers were troubling us since then and there have been arguments between us in the past too,” said Mishra, whose family works as hawkers and deal in readymade garments.