Snatchers open fire in Shahdara market
Two men on a motorcycle fired indiscriminately to disperse a crowd that had gathered after they snatched a woman’s chain at a market in northeast Delhi on Wednesday evening, police said.delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2012 23:47 IST
Two men on a motorcycle fired indiscriminately to disperse a crowd that had gathered after they snatched a woman’s chain at a market in northeast Delhi on Wednesday evening, police said.
The incident, which left two bystanders injured, was reported from Shahdara’s Bara Bazar around 4:30 pm when Mamta Gupta, 47, and her daughter-in-law Preeti — both residents of adjacent Jyoti Nagar — were out shopping.
“Both women were on a cycle rickshaw when the snatchers, riding a Pulsar motorcycle, pulled up behind them and one of them snatched Mamta’s chain,” said a senior police officer.
According to police, the snatchers attacked Mamta with such speed that she fell backwards due to the momentum and fell head-first on the bike which the duo was riding.
Preeti jumped off the rickshaw and apparently threatened one of the bikers making his associate, who had been riding pillion, fire indiscriminately in the air.
“As bystanders tried to investigate what the commotion was about, the snatchers, fearing being assaulted by the crowd, started firing in the air in a bid to escape. Two bystanders — Mohit, a rickshaw puller and Ali Hassan, a cyclist — were injured,” the officer said. Both sustained bullet injuries but were stable.
VV Chaudhary, additional CP (northeast), said Mamta received minor head injuries and was fine. A case has been registered at the Shahdara Police Station.
In another incident, a 29-year-old man, who police claim is a notorious snatcher in south Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar area, was injured after two bike-borne assailants opened fire on him on Wednesday evening.
The incident took place around 5.30 pm in Ambedkar Nagar’s A block and the victim, identified as Vijay Kumar, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital after being hit by three bullets.
After the firing, some supporters of Kumar attacked two members of their rival group whom they suspected of carrying out the attack.
A case has been registered at the Ambedkar Nagar police stations and efforts are on to nab the culprits, a police officer said.