In an example of the growing trigger-happy culture in NCR, three persons, including a Class XII student of a well-known private International Baccalaureate (IB) school, were involved in shooting a man in Gurgaon when he refused to let their car overtake his.
The three have been charged with attempt to murder and arrested by the Gurgaon police.
The student, his driver and personal bodyguard -who were riding in a BMW car- forced the driver of an Indica to halt after he refused to give them way, assaulted him and finally the guard shot at him.
According to the deputy commissioner of police (East) Jagdish Nagar, the incident occurred around 4.30 p.m. when the Indica and BMW began to race each other.
The driver of the BMW, R.P. Pandey, repeatedly honked asking for a pass. Finally he overtook the Indica and forced its driver Vikram Singh to stop.
Soon, the class XII student, who is said to be the son of a well-known Delhi-based businessman and his private guard got down from their car and started thrashing the Indica driver.
It was during this time, the gunman shot thrice at Singh from his pistol but missed the target, the DCP said.
Singh told police officials the BMW was speeding and the driver was driving very rashly.
The DCP said that a criminal case under section 307 had been registered against the trio.
“In addition to this, we have also booked the bodyguard on charges of misuse of firearm under the Indian Arms Act,” Nagar added. The police have also confiscated the BMW car.
Talking to HT, the student said, “I was simply sitting in the car when the fight erupted. There is a taxi stand near the spot and when the two drivers were quarrelling, lot of drivers from the taxi stand gathered around and started stoning my car. My bodyguard first fired a shot in the air and then fired two shots at the Indica car to scare the rowdy lot. All this while, I was sitting in the car … I don't know why the police have implicated me in the case.”
Anil Kumar, the bodyguard, said, “It is my duty to protect the boy. I did not wish to kill anybody but fired only to scare the enraged lot.”
Complainant driver Vikram Singh said, “When the altercation started, this driver hurled abuses at me and went ahead. I responded with an abuse or two when this driver turned around and stopped his car near mine. His bodyguard slapped me first, which prompted me to slap him in return. Soon his driver joined after which the bodyguard fired at me. Luckily I escaped uninjured.”