A 30-year-old scrap dealer was shot dead in front of his wife and then his face disfigured with a heavy stone by five assailants at his office in northeast Delhi's Seelempur on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Mohammad Salim alias Bobby. He was the brother of former deputy mayor Razia Sultana.
Police said the five men, two of them masked, pumped eight bullets into the victim's body. The preliminary investigation into the murder case has revealed that the victim, who knew his murderers, was killed to avenge the murder of his rival.
Salim used to run a scrap business from his office near Chauhan Bangar in Seelampur and had a criminal background. He had been arrested in connection with a murder case reported in 2010 and was released from jail on bail last year.
The police have registered a case under the sections of murder and Arms Act against the accused. Three of them have been identified as Afir, Akbar and Sunny and named in the FIR filed at the Seelampur police station.
"The case was registered on the basis of the statement of Salim's wife Shahida Begum, our sole eyewitness. She was present in the office when the five men fired indiscriminately at Salim, who died on the spot. The assailants then smashed his face with a heavy stone, which we have recovered from the crime spot," said the senior officer, adding that they have also recovered three live bullets from the spot.
The victim's wife told the police that her husband had been shot in the leg in December last year due to which he could not move on his own and used to live in his office.
"On Wednesday around 9pm, I had gone to his office to give his dinner. Around 9.15pm, Arif, Akbar and Sunny entered the office with his two masked men. Arif fired at my husband and one of the bullets pierced his head. I ran out, screaming for help, but nobody from the locality mustered courage to help us," said Shahida, adding the attackers walked away easily after the murder and nobody challenged them.
Police said efforts were on to nab the attackers and extra force had been deployed in the locality to ensure that the incident does not escalate into a gang war.