Two arrested for shooting at RWA meeting in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
The local residents’ welfare association (RWA) politics touched a new low on Sunday at Indirapuram when some outsiders, who were allegedly roped in by one of the two rival groups, opened fire during a meeting of the association. Police said the incident took when an RWA meeting was underway at Nyay Khand.Updated: Apr 02, 2017 23:31 IST
The local residents’ welfare association (RWA) politics touched a new low on Sunday at Indirapuram when some outsiders, who were allegedly roped in by one of the two rival groups, opened fire during a meeting of the association.
Police said the incident took when an RWA meeting was underway at Nyay Khand.
According to the Nyay Khand-2 RWA members, the meeting was organized adjacent to the Central Park. The meeting’s agenda was to decide election process for the association. However, things turned ugly when a group allegedly hindered the proceedings and some outsiders, who were allegedly roped in by one of the groups, opened several rounds of fire to scare away members of the RWA.
“Three to four outsiders were called to the meeting. One of them hurled abuses and urged the members to hit me with a shoe. One of our members countered him for the foul language that he was using. Then, one of these men took out revolver and fired three shots. Two were fired in the air while one was aimed at me. However, after firing shots, they could not flee and were nabbed by locals. They had come in two cars,” said Rajendra Pathak, president of the RWA.
The RWA members said elections to the RWA are pending for long and a general body meeting was held to finally decide the election process. A police complaint has been given to the Indirapuram police station. The police seized the two cars belonging to the outsiders and also found some pamphlets of an organisation based at Loni, Ghaziabad.
“We have seized two cars belonging to the accused persons and two of them were arrested till Sunday evening. We expect to arrest more people. A case of attempt to murder has also been lodged,” said Anil Kumar Yadav, circle officer (Indirapuram).
However, the turn of events at the RWA meeting has raised concerns among the residents’ bodies. Some of the prominent association members from Indirapuram said that such incidents defeat the very purpose of forming RWAs.
“The disputes should be settled amicably or the intervention of the deputy registrar (at Meerut) should be called in case of disputes. If people start taking to violence, then it must be condemned and no compromise could be made on the lives and safety of the residents. Such incidents should be dealt with strictly by the police,” said Alok Kumar, founder member from Federation of apartment owners’ association.
First Published: Apr 02, 2017 23:31 IST