Youths fire, two injured

Youths fire, two injured

Motorbike stunts in front of bakery trigger scuffle

Two persons were injured in firing at west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Monday night in a scuffle between a group of friends and some shopkeepers.

While none of the accused has been arrested, police claimed to have identified the people involved. The lives of the two victims are stated to be out of danger.

Police said two youths had been indulging in motorcycle stunts in front of a bakery shop at Vishnu Garden for the last fortnight. “They would create an unruly scene and abuse shopkeeper Sahil and other people in the locality,” said a police officer.

A similar incident took place around 7.30 pm on Monday. The two youths allegedly threatened to kill Sahil which led to a scuffle between them. The duo fled after Sahil found support from his friend Amrit Pal, 25.

Within half an hour, a group of five well-built youths, in their mid-twenties, arrived in an Endeavour SUV and began arguing with the duo which further led to a fist fight between the two groups.

Seeing the commotion, scores of other shopkeepers and people from the locality gathered at the place.

“Though none of the people interfered in the fight, the youths thought they were surrounded by the locals from all sides and they panicked,” said the officer.

Three of them pulled out pistols and fired several shots at the crowd before escaping in their car. While Sahil and Amrit escaped unhurt, Sachin, a 56-year-old shopkeeper in the same locality, and Akshay Sharma, 22, were hit.

Sachin was struck by a bullet in each of his legs, while Akshay was hit in his right arm. They were both rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital soon after the incident where they were operated upon.

Police arrived at the spot and found a cartridge and a shell. The car used in the crime was found abandoned in a nearby locality on Tuesday morning. A case has been registered and police are checking the CCTV footage from the area to verify the sequence of events.