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Two injured in firing over property dispute in Gurugram’s Sec 57

The incident took place at 8.30am on Sunday. The attackers are alleged to have been the nephews of one of the injured, police said.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 06, 2018 13:44 IST
Nikhil M Babu
Nikhil M Babu
Hindustan Times
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Policemen at the scene of firing incident at Tigra in Sector 57, Gurugram. Four police teams have been set up to nab the accused.(Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo )

Two people were injured after they were allegedly shot at by two men on a motorcycles on Sunday morning at a market near Tigra in Sector 57. The incident was the fallout of a propery dispute, police said.

While Tejpal (45), a father of three, was shot in the right side of his head, Manjay Kumar (19) was shot in his thigh. The incident took place at 8.30am on Sunday. The attackers are alleged to have been Tejpal’s nephews, police said.

Police said the duo first opened fire at Tejpal, who goes by single name. He had stepped out of his house to have a glass of juice, barely 200 metres from his house, police said.

However, the bullet accidentally hit Kumar, who runs a roadside vegetable shop.

The duo then chased Tejpal as he ran towards his house and fired at him, around 100 metres from his house.

Tejpal’s daughter Kajal (21), and other family members said that the accused had opened fire outside their house on July 6 and July 12, but were not arrested despite being named in police complaints on both occasions.

Police confirmed receiving the complaints in the light of the earlier incidents.

After the July 12 incident, Tejpal was assigned two police officers for security, but he was alone at the time of the incident on Sunday.

Assistant sub-inspector Ajith Kumar, who is the investigating officer in the case, said that the prime suspects are Tejpal’s nephews Kallu and Rahul and they are trying to obtain CCTV footage of the spot where the incident took place.

A 25-year-old eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said that one of the accused, who was riding the motorcycle, was wearing a helmet. However, the pillion rider, who fired the shots, wasn’t wearing a helmet and had pistols in both his hands, the eyewitness said.

“After the sabjiwala (Kumar) was shot at,Tejpal ran crying to a nearby shop seeking refuge. However, the shopkeeper turned him away saying he did not want to land in trouble. He (Tejpal) then ran towards his house,” the eyewitness said.

By this time, the duo turned their motorcycle and chased Tejpal before opening fire at him.

“I went to check on the sabjiwala (Kumar). I saw that he had been shot in the thigh. By this time, the accused returned to the spot. They were hurling abuses at everyone who was around at the time and I lay on the ground, so that they wouldn’t see me ,” the eyewitness said.

An FIR on was registered at Sadar Police Station under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and different sections of the Arms Act with regard to the attack on Tejpal. A separate FIR was filed at Sector 56 police station with regard to the attack on Kumar.

Tejpal was rushed to a private hospital where he underwent a surgery. He is said to be out of danger, police said.

Kumar, a migrant from Bihar, was first taken to a city private hospital but was later shifted to the Civil Hospital.

Kajal claimed that the accused had been after the properties that the family owns and had been pressuring them into the writing the assets in their name.

The gate of the accused’s house, around 200 metres from Tejpal’s, remained locked from outside on Sunday.

“The house has been locked for the past two to three weeks,” a neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said.

Police have formed four teams, one from Sadar Police Station and three from crime branch, to nab the accused.

According to data released by the Gurugram police, as many as 98 cases under Arms Act have been registered in Gurugram till June 30, suggesting a 25% increase from the monthly average total of 157 such cases between January and December 2017.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 13:44 IST