New Delhi: A 20-year-old dance instructor was shot dead during a religious procession because he happened to ridicule a man over his dancing skills, reports said on Friday. The unidentified suspect returned with his two friends soon after and shot Avinash Sangwan in the chest from close range. (Also read: Man Sentenced to Life For Killing Colleague)

An onlooker who was recording the proceedings on the street near a temple in central Delhi has managed to capture Sangwan’s last moments. People around Sangwan didn’t quite realise that the dance instructor had been shot. However, when the dance instructor took his T-shirt off, they saw blood oozing out of his chest. Reports said the incident took place at about 11.30 PM on Wednesday.

Sangwan’s friend Nikhil, also a dance instructor, told the police that they were dancing outside the Valmiki temple at Mandir Marg as part of the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations. H said the youths, including Avinash, were dancing near the temple when they noticed a well-built man also dancing. Sangwan reportedly mocked the stranger for his dancing skills. The man reportedly approached Sangwan before shoving him away. Then he left the venue and the youths assumed he was gone for good. However, he returned soon after. This time, Sangwan ignored him and even asked his friends to move away.

“He returned with his two friends and they all joined us in the dance. Suddenly, I heard a gunshot sound and saw Avinash bleeding from his chest. We helped Avinash remove his t-shirt and found him bleeding from his right side of the chest. Before we could understand anything, Avinash collapsed on the road. We rushed him to Lohia hospital in a passerby’s car,” Nikhil said in his complaint, as reported by Hindustan Times. Doctors said Sangwan had died of the gunshot wound even before he had reached, he said.