Goons shoot man at home

Former councillor's brother gunned down in revenge

Former municipal councillor Razia Sultan’s brother was shot dead at his house in north-east Delhi’s Seelampur on Wednesday. Police said he was attacked over a personal enmity by five men known to him, but they are yet to make any arrest.

Salim, 35, lived with his family at New Seelampur block J. Police said he was shot multiple times, including in the head, and was declared brought dead at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.

An initial probe has revealed that Salim has a criminal history and was arrested in 2010 for killing a local youth.

He was out on bail since November, 2012.

Police said Wednesday’s attack was the second on Salim since he was released on bail. He was earlier attacked in north-east Delhi’s New Usmanpur in December, 2012. Salim survived the attack, but sustained gunshot wounds in his legs due to which he struggled to walk.

“Both the attacks were allegedly carried out by relatives of the youth whom Salim was accused of killing. Three of the accused have been identified as Arif, Akbar and Sunny,” a police officer said.

Arif is the brother of the man killed by Salim. On Wednesday, Salim was with his wife Shahida Begum when the three men along with their accomplices barged into his house carrying firearms around 9 pm.

“Shahida claims that Arif opened fire at Salim after an argument. The fired bullet hit Salim’s forehead,” the officer added.

The gang did not attack Shahida, and she managed to flee as soon as Salim was attacked. Locals informed police on hearing the gunshots.

Police took Salim to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, but was declared brought dead. A case of murder under Indian Penal Code and Arms Act has been filed with Seelampur police station.

“We have recovered shells and three cartridges from the spot, and have launched a manhunt,” the officer said.

Salim’s body was handed over to his family on Thursday. He is survived by wife anddaughters Tanma, 9, Samiya, 7, and three-year-old son Ambar. Congress member Razia Sultan had contested and lost 2012 MCD elections from ward number 249, Chauhan Bangar.

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