FARIDABAD: Four members of a family were shot dead in Utavad in Palwal on Wednesday afternoon, triggering clashes in the village.
According to the police, Wednesday’s incident was a fallout of old enmity between two families, which led to the killing.
The family of one Yahaya, a suspended ASI with the Haryana police, allegedly had some enmity with the family of Din Mohammad.
A few days a go the two families quarrelled on some issue. There were unconfirmed reports about a wedding of a girl from the victim family and the accused were not invited. This aggravated the situation, police said.
On Wednesday, around 12.30 pm, Yahaya’s family is alleged to have shot dead four members of the other family.
The victims have been identified as Din Mohammad, 50, Razdan, 39, Wasim, 18 and Hamid, 25.
The incident led to violence in the village with some villagers vandalizing property of the accused family.
A strong contingent of police was rushed to the village from Palwal and Hathin. The accused allegedly escaped.
“The families have a history of old enmity and reports suggest a suspended cop resorted to firing on the opposite side,” inspector general of police, Rewari range, Mamta Singh told Hindustan Times.
“I am getting these reports verified,” she said. “The shootout triggered clashes in the village and the property of some families were reported to have been looted,” she added.
The police said they were verifying whether the gun used in the crime was a licensed one or pro cured illegally. “We are verifying all angles of the case. Efforts are being made to nab the culprits soon,” SP Palwal Rajesh Duggal said.