50-yr-old wo­man shot dead after tiff in east Delhi

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 50-year-old wo­man was killed on Fri­day night after armed as­sailants al­legedly opened fired at her and her son out­side their home in east Delhi’s Wel­come.

The in­ci­dent took place around Fri­day mid­night fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment the wo­man’s son had with four men over loi­ter­ing out­side their home, said po­lice.

The as­sailants fired more than 15 rounds at the mother-son duo. The wo­man sus­tained two bul­let in­juries – one in her ch­est and an­other in shoul­der – and died on her way to a hos­pi­tal.

Eight empty bul­let shells were re­cov­ered from the crime scene. The late night fir­ing trig­gered panic among lo­cal res­i­dents, with po­lice be­ing de­ployed in the area as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Po­lice said the wo­man, Saroj Devi, used to al­legedly sell nar­cotics such as cannabis (ganja), smack (cha­ras), and poppy husk.

She lived with her hus­band and two sons at their Janta Colony home. Her two daugh­ters are mar­ried.

AK Singla, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (north­east), said a case of mur­der was reg­is­tered at the Wel­come po­lice sta­tion and one sus­pect has been ar­rested so far. “We are in­ter­ro­gat­ing the ac­cused to col­lect de­tails about the other sus­pects. The iden­tity of the ar­rested man can­not be dis­closed at this mo­ment as it will ham­per our probe,” said Singla.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said Saroj’s hus­band, Om Prakash, was in Pun­jab when the in­ci­dent took place on Fri­day night.

One of her sons, Bittu, works with an ad­vo­cate at Karkar­dooma Court com­plex.

The other, Raju, does part-time pri­vate jobs.

On Fri­day around 11.30 pm, Raju had gone out to pur­chase medicines from a nearby shop. Around mid­night, he was re­turn­ing home when he spot­ted two men loi­ter­ing out­side his home.

An ar­gu­ment en­sued when Raju asked the men why they were pac­ing around his house. The men were soon joined by two of their as­so­ciates.

The al­ter­ca­tion soon turned vi­o­lent and two of the men whipped out pis­tols and fired at Raju. He screamed for help and rushed in­side his home.

Hear­ing his screams, Raju’s mother came to the main door, while the at­tack­ers con­tin­ued to fire. Two bul­lets hit Saroj and she col­lapsed, even as the as­sailants fled the crime scene.

“Saroj was be­ing rushed to a nearby hos­pi­tal when she suc­cumbed,” said the of­fi­cer. He added that they are scan­ning CCTV cam­eras in­stalled around the crime scene for clues.

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