Man, son shot dead over desert cooler at eatery

Late-night horror  Shyam (57) and his son Mayank (26) were shot dead at their eatery, Sangeeta dhaba, in Najafgarh on Wednesday night.

Late-night horror Shyam (57) and his son Mayank (26) were shot dead at their eatery, Sangeeta dhaba, in Najafgarh on Wednesday night.

A 57-year-old dhaba owner and his 26-year-old son were allegedly shot dead by four men in Najafgarh on Wednesday night. The incident was triggered by an argument over a desert cooler.

One of the accused in the case has been apprehended.

Complaint lodged

Shyam Verma and his son Mayank Verma were shot dead at Sangeeta dhaba around 9.30 p.m. The men, one of whom has been identified as Kareem Khan, allegedly attacked the duo following an argument with Mayank over the direction of the cooler.

“The four men had turned the cooler in their direction. Mayank bhaiya had asked them to turn it back so that other customers were not inconvenienced. An argument followed,” said Iqbal, a worker at the eatery, in his complaint.

Shot in the neck

Mayank was shot at after one of the men was allegedly instigated to do so by the others. “He was shot in the neck, after which he was semi-conscious,” said his cousin on the condition of anonymity.

The gunshot triggered panic among other customers, who started running out. The accused, too, tried to get away.

Mr. Shyam attempted to catch them, but they shot at him too. “They fired two to three shots, of which one hit him on the forehead. He died on the spot,” Mayank’s cousin added.

According to Iqbal, the four accused fled the spot.

The people around called the police and an ambulance, which took more than 30 minutes to reach despite being just half-a-kilometre away, Mayank’s cousin alleged.

“A passerby took Mayank bhaiya to a hospital nearby, from where he was referred to Venkateshwar Hospital,” said Iqbal.

Can identify all: worker

The police said he succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

Mr. Shyam was declared brought dead on arrival.

Iqbal said the accused referred to the man who allegedly shot at the victims as Monu.

“I can identify all four of them,” he told the police.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) M.N. Tiwari said that Kareem was apprehended on Thursday.

“All of them have been identified. Kareem has claimed that he didn’t shoot at the father and son, but admitted that he was present there. The others will be arrested soon,” he said.

A case has been registered under Sections 302 (punishment for murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act.

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