Two brothers — Mayapuri-based copper traders — were shot dead at point-blank range by motorcycle-borne men in Chhawla area of southwest Delhi on Monday night, the police said.
According to the police, the assailants stopped the brothers' car, asked them to step out before they shot the brothers.
Their friend, Vijender Kumar, a Delhi traffic police constable who was with the brothers, 49-year-old Suresh Kumar and 32-year-old Satender Kumar, was asked to leave. The assailants told him they did not have enmity with him.
"As soon as Vijender left, the assailants shot at the two brothers and fled. Vijender rushed to his village and informed the villagers and the victims' family about the incident who in turn called the police," said a senior police officer. "A police team reached the spot and rushed the two brothers to Chanan Devi hospital where the doctors declared them dead on arrival. Suresh was shot in his head while Satender had a bullet injury in his chest."
A case of murder has been registered.
The police suspect one of the villagers, with whom the brothers had a property dispute.
After the incident, local residents and politicians, on Tuesday, staged a protest outside the local police station and blocked the Najafgarh-Paprawat road from 10am to 2.30pm. The protestors demanded immediate arrest of those involved.
"The local MLA who joined the protest blamed the police and minimal patrolling for the incident," said the officer.