New Delhi: A 34-year-old was killed allegedly by a drug mafia in Delhi while he was watching his son and nephew play. Two unidentified men shot him, police said. The incident happened around 8 AM on Monday. Rupesh, the victim succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. As of now, the police are analysing the CCTV camera footage of the incident. Also Read - Will Bring New Legislation to Tackle Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR, Centre Tells Supreme Court
In the footage, two unidentified men are seen walking past the victim. One of them shoots the victim. The family of the victim, Rupesh, alleged that the police had not done anything to curb the drug menace in the nearby slum area at Taimoor Nagar in New Friends Colony, despite numerous complaints by the deceased’s brother, Umesh. Further, based upon preliminary findings of a vigilance enquiry SHO Sushil Kumar and Division Officer Rajender have been sent to District Lines and beat officers Ajay, Surender and Hari Chand have been suspended. Also Read - Delhi: Sub-inspector Arrested For Molesting Four Women, Minor in Dwarka
Police said the accused might have come to the nearby slum for buying drugs and had even attacked someone there who escaped with minor injuries. While they were running, they fired at Rupesh who was standing outside his home and it is possible he might have been shot accidentally. Also Read - Delhi May Report 14,000 Covid Cases a Day During Festive Season: Satyender Jain
The family members of Rupesh kept his body on the road and held a protest on Monday, demanding action against the accused and those involved in drug peddling in the area.
Locals burnt two motorcycles and pelted stones at the police personnel who were trying to manage the crowd. A policeman was injured in the incident and currently is in a hospital, police said. Other policemen sustained minor injuries in the protests.
Umesh has filed at least eight complaints in the past one-and-a-half years on the drug menace but, he said, no action was taken. Fed up of the menace of drug-peddling in his area, He approached the police again last week, following which a police jeep was deployed in the area. Recalling that the same police vehicle was at the spot when his brother was shot dead, Umesh alleged that instead of rescuing, they allegedly drove away. Despite locals informing them about the incident, the police at spot told them to dial 100, he said.
He alleged that his 48-year-old uncle, who is a diabetic patient, was also beaten up by the police when he went up to them and told if they had taken timely action, this incident could have been avoided.
A vigilance enquiry has been ordered under the supervision of the additional deputy commissioner of police (southeast) to probe the role of the local police during the incident on Sunday and the family’s allegations, police said.
Umesh accused the police of not doing anything regarding the growing drug menace in the locality. “Even when we are mourning the death of my brother, I helped nab three drug peddlers on Monday. Police receive money from these drug peddlers.” Seeking justice for Rupesh, Umesh said they want the accused to be arrested as soon as possible. “We are not satisfied with the way the investigation was carried out by the New Friends Colony for failing to control the menace.”
(With PTI inputs)