Bi­har ‘gang war’ spills on to Delhi street, 1 dead

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New Delhi: A 32-year-old man was shot by three as­sailants in Dwarka Sec­tor 23 in what ap­peared to be the fall­out of a gang war be­tween two fac­tions from Bi­har.

Two of the three sus­pects were caught by cops on pa­trol duty on Valen­tine’s Day. Po­lice said the vic­tim, Firoz Ali, be­longed to Si­wan district in Bi­har. He was re­sid­ing in south­west Delhi’s Mahipalpur.

The ar­rested duo were iden­ti­fied as Sabir (28) and Am­jad (30). The in­ci­dent took place around 6:30pm when Ali, who was trav­el­ling in a Wagon R, was stopped by three masked, bike-borne men. The men fired two ro- unds at him. Ali got down from the car and ran to­wards a hous­ing so­ci­ety. Two of the men chased and gunned him down, po­lice said. Eye­wit­nesses said Ali, too, pulled out a pis­tol, but couldn’t fire a shot.

While flee­ing, Sabir and Am­jad were spot­ted by po­lice­men at a picket near the metro sta­tion and asked to stop. They didn’t slow down but the cops nabbed them af­ter a brief chase. The third sus­pect fled in an­other di­rec­tion and was yet to be ar­rested. A coun­try­made pis­tol was seized from the ar­rested duo.

Po­lice said the sus­pects, who had come to Delhi on Fe­bru­ary 12, be­longed to the same district as the vic­tim and were en­gaged in a fierce in­ter-gang ri­valry. They had been fol­low­ing Ali for two days. The reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of his car was found to be fake. Po­lice claimed that Ali had worked with gang­ster Sha­habud­din till 2008.

The two ac­cused told po­lice that they were sent to kill Ali on the be­hest of gang­ster Raees Khan, who has about 50 crim­i­nal cases against him. Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ments, ad­di­tional DCP (Dwarka) San­tosh Ku­mar Meena said a case un­der sec­tions of mur­der and arms Act had been reg­is­tered. CCTV footage from the area was be­ing scanned to as­cer­tain the se­quence of events. A search is on for the third ac­cused.

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