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Ghaziabad: Band operator shot dead by dhol player over sharing Rs500 tip

The incident took place outside the Vasundhara Farm House in Vasundhara. Abrar, the owner of the band players’ firm, was accompanied by his employees as they were booked for the wedding.

noida Updated: Feb 09, 2018 22:30 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Relatives of the victim wait for his body to be handed over.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A 25-year-old band operator, identified as Abrar, was shot dead on late Friday night at Vasundhara during a clash with dhol players over sharing a tip of Rs500, which was given to them during a wedding ceremony.

The incident took place outside the Vasundhara Farm House in Vasundhara. Abrar, the owner of the band players’ firm, was accompanied by his employees as they were booked for the wedding. After finishing their work around 9pm, the men of the group had gathered outside to decide on the share of payments.

“We had hired four dhol players from Shahdara, who had arrived here along with the marriage party to the farmhouse. We played our instruments and when the function was over, we were told that the payment will be made to our office at Shahdara the next day. Since the people having the wedding are our acquaintances, we agreed,” Ikrar, elder brother of victim Abrar, said.

Abrar, of Khekda in Baghpat, had two offices — in Shahdara, Delhi and Khekda. He was married and father of two minor daughters.

“When the dhol players asked for payments, we told them to collect it next day from our office. They agreed. However, there was another disagreement. They asked us to share a tip of Rs500 that was given to band players during the wedding procession. Abrar told them that the tip money belongs to the band players and will not be shared,” Ikrar said.

On the issue, four persons playing the dhol allegedly took Abrar to a side and one of them pulled out a weapon and shot him at close range. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died.

Ikrar, who is the complainant in the case, lodged a complaint against Deepak, Gulfam, Sajid and Neeraj, the dhol players. The police said that Sajid and Neeraj fled the spot but the two others were nabbed by the guests. They added that one of the missing persons, Sajid, is from Sundar Nagri in Delhi and has several criminal cases against him.

“Deepak and Gulfam were arrested. They had allegedly shot dead Abrar with a pistol. The weapon will be recovered soon and more arrests will be made in the case. The victim was shot in the lower abdominal region and the injury proved fatal,” Dr Rakesh Mishr, circle officer (Indirapuram), said.

On Ikrar’s complaint, the Indirapuram police lodged an FIR under sections of murder with common intention and provocation causing breach of public peace against the four accused persons.

The body of the victim was handed over to his family after the post-mortem examination.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 22:30 IST