On Sunday evening, two men were gunned down half an hour apart in south and southwest Delhi. Both crimes were captured on CCTV camera footage, police said.
In the first case, a 52-year-old hotel owner was gunned down on Sunday evening over a financial dispute in Mahipalpur, south Delhi, near Delhi airport, police said.
Deputy Police Commissioner (South West) Gaurav Sharma said the police control room received a call from a person saying that someone had shot his brother in Mahipalpur. A police team attended the scene and transported the injured to a nearby private hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“The deceased has been identified as Krishan Pal Sehrawat, a 52-year-old resident of Gurugram. He had a gunshot wound near his left temple, ”Sharma said.
During the preliminary investigation, Sharma said, police discovered that Sehrawat rented his hotel, Dolphin International, from someone named Roshan Mishra about 10 months ago.
“Sehrawat was disputing pending electricity bills and non-payment of the lease amount with Mishra. Mishra and his associates are the main suspects. Efforts are underway to find them, ”he added.
Police said the two sides had an altercation over a pending payment of nearly ??5 lakh last week too. Sehrawat asked Mishra to leave his property if he was not ready to pay. The problem was resolved at the time because Mishra agreed to pay the dues soon. However, he did not and Sehrawat came to the hotel on Sunday evening to confront Mishra, said a police officer associated with the case.
“Mishra invited Sehrawat inside the hotel and also offered him alcohol. But Sehrawat was upset and started demanding the money. An altercation broke out between them and they left the hotel. Mishra was accompanied by three associates. During the altercation, one of the four men drew a gun and shot Sehrawat in the temple before fleeing. Sehrawat collapsed and died, ”the officer said.
Sehrawat’s son Siddharth Sehrawat told reporters that after retiring from the Indian Air Force, his father built the hotel and rented it out from Mishra. “With the exception of Mishra, my father never had an argument with anyone. I also fear for my life. I’m still in shock, ”Siddharth told reporters.
Police said raids were underway to catch the suspects.
In the second case, two unidentified motorcycle attackers shot dead 22-year-old rickshaw driver Rahul (known by his first name) while waiting for someone near the Zamrudpur traffic light. The alleged assailants fled the crime scene, but the incident was captured by CCTV cameras. Police said the three suspects have been apprehended and are being questioned to determine their role and motive.