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CP shooting: Cops probe personal enmity angle, kin suspect foul play

Two masked men shot at a businessmen on Wednesday morning in Connaught Place, the main commercial hub in the national Capital, after trying to snatch his bag, police said.

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2018 23:35 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
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Two masked men shot at a businessmen on Wednesday morning in Connaught Place, the main commercial hub in the national Capital, after trying to snatch his bag, police said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

The family of Tasveer Singh, a businessman who was shot at in Connaught Place on Wednesday, said they were baffled as to why the trader was targeted by two masked men in one of the most secured parts of Delhi.

“My son runs a currency exchange business, but he was not carrying any cash with him. Today, his bag only had some fruit and a tiffin box containing lunch,” said Singh’s mother, Sunita.

On Wednesday afternoon, hours after the incident had taken place, the medium-sized black backpack that Tasveer was carrying lay near a shop nearby. “There is nothing worth stealing inside the bag. Maybe the attackers believed that he will be carrying cash on him since he ran a currency exchange business,” said Manveer Singh, the victim’s friend.

Apart from the snatching-gone-wrong angle, the police are also looking at the possibility of a personal enmity that could have prompted the attack on Singh. According to Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi), Singh’s two sons are in jail in connection with an attempt to murder case. The duo was to attend a court hearing on Wednesday.

Though police are yet to question the people who had got Singh’s sons jailed, his family alleged they had been receiving threat for the past fortnight. “Singh was seeking a compromise but negotiations had turned ugly. The other party had threatened to teach us a lesson,” said Singh’s brother, Pankaj.

But Singh’s nephew, Harish Kumar, said that his uncle was neither named in the case nor was attending the court hearings. “If their intention was to scare him then why would they pretend to snatch his bag,” Kumar said.

When Singh’s family had first received the call about the shooting, they feared it were his two sons who had been attacked in court. “Firing in a court premise is more believable than such a crime happening in a place like Connaught Place,” said Singh’s mother, Sunita.

The shooting at 10.15am had left a bullet lodged in the waist of Singh, a burly 50-year-old man. But according to eyewitnesses, Singh neither collapsed, nor panicked. “He did not even know he was shot. I told him he was bleeding after seeing his white shirt turn red with blood,” said Narendra Kumar who owns a cigarette shop near the crime spot of CP’s A-Block.

Helped by a friend, Singh then walked to a auto-rickshaw stand nearby only to be refused a ride to the enearest hospital.

“Four to five auto drivers refused to take him to hospital despite us pleading with them. Only when we pointed out that Singh was bleeding profusely and his life was at risk that one auto driver agree to help,” said Lalit Chauhan, a parking attendant near the crime spot.

First Published: Feb 28, 2018 23:31 IST