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Police fear ‘psychos’ could kill more people

The police are calling them “psychos” with a “criminal streak of mind” who shoot people at will. The gang of armed motorcyclists is out on a shooting spree in south Delhi, according to police, reports Vijaita Singh.
By Vijaita Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2008 12:45 AM IST

The police are calling them “psychos” with a “criminal streak of mind” who shoot people at will. The gang of armed motorcyclists is out on a shooting spree in south Delhi, according to police. The gang has so far killed three men and shot at two others in the last three days.

Meanwhile, the police have detained two men who are reportedly associates of a local gangster of Sangam Vihar.

The four armed motorcyclists, one of them with a turban according to eyewitnesses, are moving on two motorcycles, one of them a Pulsar, shooting people and robbing them. The Pulsar had been robbed at gunpoint from Andrews Ganj on Friday night.

“The two men who have been detained are not involved in the killings but are known to the killers. All of them have been imparted training by a hardcore criminal of Sangam Vihar who has more than 15 cases of heinous cases registered against him,” said a senior police officer.

On Saturday night, the assailants shot at two shopkeepers Pawan and Naresh in Madangir area and fled with about Rs 30,000 from their shops. Twelve rounds of fire were opened on Saturday. The two victims are said to be stable.

“As per the description given by eyewitnesses in Madangir, we suspect that the same gang is involved in all the incidents,” said a senior police officer. In all the incidents a revolver of .32 bore was used.

Eyewitnesses said on Friday night when the two friends Ashneet and Harjeet were sipping cold drinks at Amar Colony market, a turbaned man and another person approached them.

“After they chatted for some time, the accused, who was carrying a revolver, told Ashneet — tumne hamein to marwa diya, ab hum tumhe nahin chodenge (you nearly got us killed and now we wont spare you),” said an eyewitness.

In no time, the “sardarji” whipped out a revolver and pumped two bullets into Ashneet. He then turned towards Harjeet and shot him in the abdomen. The two accused fled on Ashneet's motorcycle after that and went towards Ring Road, where they tried to snatch a motorcycle from a man. The assailants shot at Sanjeev Suri, who tried to intervene in the scuffle.

Meanwhile, the residents of Madangir area threatened to block traffic on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Monday if the killers were not nabbed soon.

Eyewitnesses give description of the attackers

Based on the account of Manvendra Kumar, whose motorcycle was snatched at gunpoint in Andrews Ganj on Friday night, police have prepared sketches of the attackers.

Police have also taken the account of four more eyewitnesses in Amar Colony.

Two cases of murder have been lodged at Amar Colony and Defence Colony police and an attempt to murder at Ambedkar Nagar.

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