A trivial matter — the door of a car parked on a roadside brushing against another car —claimed the life of a 30-year-old man at Vasundhara locality of Ghaziabad late on Sunday night.
According to the police, three persons — the deceased Amandeep Dhillon, his cousin Amandeep Singh and friend Amit Bainsla — had come for dinner at a roadside dhaba in Sector 4 at around 9.30 pm. They parked their Swift car next to a Honda City, in which Sanjeev Singh, resident of Rajendra Nagar in Ghaziabad, and his friend Prince, resident of Vasundhara, were seated.
According to police, Sanjeev and Prince were under the influence of beer they consumed in the latter’s office, at the time.
“When they opened the door, it brushed our car and we objected. They entered into an argument and soon started beating us. Both of them took out pistols and fired. One bullet hit Dhillon and he fell down. Another bullet brushed against Bainsla’s chest and he was injured. We rushed Dhillon to the hospital, but he doctors declared him brought dead,” said Amandeep Singh.
Prince is into property business and has his office just across the road where the incident took place. Police have booked a case for murder and attempt to murder against Sanjeev and Prince. They have arrested Sanjeev, while Prince is absconding.
“We have recovered two used cartridges from the crime scene. Both the pistols were licensed, but only the one belonging to Sanjeev was recovered. He holds an arms license from Uttarakhand. Our team will probe if he had permission to use the weapon in UP or not. If not, he will face a case under the Arms Act. Prince is absconding and we suspect him to have run away with his licensed weapon. We are searching for him,” said Anil Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Indirapuram).
The victim and kin were also into property business and had arrived from Noida before proceeding to their friend’s house at Sector 3, police said. Dhillon and Singh hail from Kapurthala, while Bainsla is a resident of Faridabad.
Meanwhile, Sanjeev, who was arrested by the police, sustained 21 stitches on his head said it was the other team who had fired first and he and Prince had retaliated in self defence.
“I don’t know who fired the shot which led to the death. After my car door brushed their car, they came and started the altercation. They beat me up with rods and sticks which caused 21 stitches on my head. Another blow landed on my arm. I fell unconscious and a PCR van took me to the police station,” said Sanjeev.
Meanwhile, wife of Prince said that police summoned her and their 16-year-old son to the police station and made them sit there through the entire Sunday night and Monday morning in order to pressurise Prince to surrender.
The circle officer said that they were called for questioning and were allowed to leave. Police have seized the Honda City.