A 24-year-old man, who had witnessed ex-MLA Bharat Singh’s murder, was shot dead by three men near Japanese Park in outer Delhi’s Rohini area on Tuesday evening. The victim, Vipin Chaudhary, had gone to drop a friend when the incident happen around 6pm. They had left the National Lok Dal party office in Nangloi an hour earlier and were being followed by three men in a Hyundai i20, police said.
When Chaudhary reached Rohini, the men waylaid him at a lorn spot. He tried to escape but the group chased him through the park and shot him five times, police said. They also pushed the woman to the ground when she tried to stop them. Witnesses told investigators that the gang then threatened locals and fled from the spot. Chaudhary was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.
According to the victim’s family, he was present at the wedding where ex-MLA Bharat Singh was murdered by a group of men part of Udaiveer Kala’s gang. He had also identified a few of them for the police. Kala was arrested in April after which Chaudhary was given police protection as he was being threatened. However, on Tuesday, Chaudhary had asked his security officer to leave and had gone to Rohini alone with the woman.
Singh’s brother, former councillor Kishan Pehelwan, also told police Chaudhary had recently approached a court seeking round-the-clock security as there was a threat to his life.
Police suspect Chaudhary’s murder could be part of a larger plan to make the case against Kala and his family members stronger. The victim’s body has been sent for postmortem. Police are also scanning CCTV footage from the area in a bid to identify the accused.