Citizens and security: Guns invade Delhi:


Shooting cases spiralling in Delhi

Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN


New Delhi: Criminals in Delhi are pulling the trigger, literally. In the first 12 days of this month, at least eight incidents involving firearms have been reported across almost all districts of Delhi — south, north, northeast, east and outer. And worse, 10 people have lost their lives in these shooting incidents while four others lie critically injured. This despite the fact that cases lodged under Arms Act have shown a steep decline over the past few months.

Two shopkeepers were shot at in Madangir near Ambedkar Nagar on Saturday by an unidentified assailant. The exact cause behind the shooting is yet to be ascertained.

A day before, three persons, including a senior security staff of a leading five-star hotel in Barakhamba, lost their lives after unidentified men shot at them in two separate incidents near Lajpat Nagar and Andrews Gunj in the heart of south Delhi.

On July 9, a shootout between two rival gangs led to the death of three in New Seelampur in northeast Delhi. Though the deceased were history sheeters, the incident which occurred in broad daylight led to panic among the residents of the area.

A day earlier, residents of east Delhi were shocked to learn that a 54-year-old employee of a retail mobile store was shot nine times in the afternoon at busy Vikas Marg intersection. The deceased paid with his life for resisting two robbers who were trying to snatch Rs 1.35 lakh from him.

On the same day, five people allegedly shot at and critically wounded two brothers at Ballimaran in north Delhi. One of them succumbed to his injuries later on Friday leading to a protest from local residents and shopkeepers.

A school teacher too became a victim of the emerging gun culture on July 5 when he tried to stop three burglars fleeing from his house at Aman Vihar in outer Delhi.

Another braveheart lost his life and a businessman was injured when they tried to stop snatchers from running away with an old woman’s gold chain in Nand Nagri in northeast Delhi on July 1.
Perturbed by this ‘trend’, senior officials say: ‘‘It is has become easy to smuggle weapons to the city now.

Most often, they are manufactured in west Delhi inside ‘well-organised’ factories that thrive on the crime in this entire region.’’ Senior officials accepted that almost 90% of all the Capital’s crimes are committed using illegal weapons. ‘‘Criminals are also buying automated weapons, though their prices are steep,’’ he said.

Police said that patrolling in border areas too are an area of concern. ‘‘It is not always possible to check every item being transported across the border in every vehicle.

However, we have apprehended a few vehicles in the past and seized illegal arms. Most of the vehicles carrying these arms are stolen,’’ said Parvaiz Ahmed, additional DCP, east.
dwaipayan.ghosh@timesgroup.com

3 shot dead during rush hour in S Delhi

Innocent Bystander Killed As Shot Goes Awry

Medha Chaturvedi & Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN


New Delhi: At 9.10 pm on a busy Friday, Sanjeev Suri — returning home from work on his bike — stopped at the busy Andrews Ganj crossing. He stood under the flyover, waiting for the signal to turn green. A wife and two young children were waiting for him at home.

Minutes later, Suri collapsed on the road with a bullet wound in his stomach. He had just witnessed a bike being snatched from another man at the signal by two men whose CBZ bike had broken down. The duo had fired at the man, who ducked. But the bullet hit Suri.

That’s how Suri, 39, a security supervisor at Intercontinental Hotel in Nehru Place, died on Friday night. He apparently bled to death with no one coming to his rescue. When he was finally taken to AIIMS by the cops around 10.12 pm, he died within minutes.

But that’s not the entire story. The two men who killed Suri at that busy crossing, had about 25 minutes back, shot two men near Amar Colony’s main market, barely 3 km from that crossing, owing to ‘‘some personal enmity’’. A lead time of about half an hour should have been enough for the cops to prevent Suri’s senseless death with so many barricades dotting South Delhi at night. But not only did the men kill another person, they also made good their escape.

Police sources said more than two men could have been involved in both incidents. Twenty-four hours after the shooting spree, and amidst claims by the cops that two men had been detained, the police were not sure about the number of men involved.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants wanted to conceal their identity.‘‘They wore masks and just before they reached Ashmeet and Harpreet, they put on their helmets too,’’ said an eyewitness.
Under the Andrews Ganj flyover, at the traffic signal, the CBZ bike of the two unidentified men broke down and they tried to snatch a Pulsar from a man waiting there. One of the assailants hit the rider with the butt of his gun and threw him off the bike.

According to the police, when the frightened man tried to run away, the fatal shot was fired. Sanjiv Suri was hit on the left side of his lower abdomen.

MONTH OF MENACE


July 12:
Two shopkeepers shot at in the evening by an unidentified assailant at Madangir near Ambedkar Nagar in S Delhi
July 11: Two youths shot by two unidentified youths, who fled with their motorcycle, near the Shiv Shakti Mandir near Lajpat Nagar around 8.45 pm
July 11: The same duo fired at another person at a traffic light around 9.10 pm. They missed him, but hit a security officer of a five-star hotel, who died later
July 9: Three people died after a shootout between two rival gangs
July 8: A 54-year-old employee of a retail mobile store shot nine times at noon at Vikas Marg intersection after he refused to let go of a bag containing Rs 1.35 lakh
July 8: Two brothers shot at in Ballimaran in North Delhi by five men over a family feud
July 5: A 42-year-old school teacher shot by burglars at Aman Vihar
July 1: Two people shot at in Nand Nagri (north east Delhi) while attempting to stop a robbery. One died on the spot ‘Where was the police when my son was bleeding?’

New Delhi: Said Kamini Suri, mother of Sanjeev Suri, who died after being hit by a bullet on Friday night, ‘‘We have lost our only son and due to no fault of his. He has two young children. He was a very simple and quiet man with no enmity with anyone. He was our only son and took great care of us; we have lost everything.’’ His wife, Suneeta, a teacher at Kamal Model School, said, ‘‘Usually, my husband used to go over the flyover. It was only if the there was too much traffic that he would go under the flyover. He had called me four times during the day.’’

The family was angry that no one came to Sanjeev’s rescue when he lay on the road bleeding. ‘‘Where was the police when my son lay bleeding to death on the road? I have seen people survive after six gunshots in their chest, Sanjeev suffered just one. The doctor’s report clearly states that he died of excess bleeding due to the bullet piercing his liver,’’ said Kamini.

Sanjeev had been working with the hotel for 14 years. His body was handed over to his family after a postmortem at AIIMS around 3 pm and his last rites were performed by his three-year-old son, Sheetal, at Om Vihar crematorium around 5 pm.
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