A 28-year-old man was allegedly shot dead in front of his pregnant wife and family when his father-in-law’s associate opened fire at him on Wednesday morning, said the police. Officials suspect it to be a case of honour killing.
According to the police, the deceased has been identified as one Amit Nayar, a civil engineer.
“Two years ago, Nayar (28) and his wife Mamta (26) had tied the knot in a love marriage. It appears that Mamta’s parents were against the match. Jeevan Ram, Mamta’s father, used to be a driver in the army and is retired,” said Mahaveer Singh, station house officer, Karni Vihar police station.
The police said that on Wednesday morning, Nayar’s in-laws visited him at his house in Karni Vihar area along with two other men.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that when both the families were talking inside, an argument broke out. It was at this time that one of the men, who had come with Jeevan Ram, opened fire, fatally injuring Nayar,” said deputy commissioner of police (west) Ashok Gupta.
According to the police, Mamta’s mother tried to drag her and take her along with them.
“A struggle ensued but Mamta started screaming and didn’t go with her parents. Following that her father, mother and other men fled the spot in a car parked outside the house,” said Gupta.
The police were informed by the local residents and Nayar was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The DCP said that during the investigation it has been learnt that in November 2015, Mamta had submitted a report against her parents at the Karni Vihar police station.
“In the report, Mamta has said that she feared for their safety as her parents were against the marriage. However, after a few days, she took the report back and gave a written acknowledgement to the effect which ended the investigation,” said the DCP.
The police said that Mamta is expecting a baby and has studied law.
“We have registered a case of murder against four people and a search has been initiated for them. We are also barricading various places in the city to locate the car,” said the police.