Two killed in firing at farmhouse party

Ashok Kumar

NEW DELHI: A weekly get-together of a close-knit group of property dealers at a secluded farmhouse in Outer Delhi ended up in tragedy on Wednesday night when an infuriated guest allegedly opened indiscriminate fire killing two revellers on the spot. Two persons, including the host, sustained bullet injuries.

The accused, Sandeep, a resident of neighbouring Sonepat in Haryana, is absconding. According to the police, he has two murder cases registered against him in Bawana and Haryana and is now out on bail.

Twenty-three-year-old Vijay, who had hosted the party at his office-cum-farmhouse in Rama Vihar, said on Thursday: “We are a group of 20-odd friends, mostly property dealers, and organise a get-together every Wednesday at our residence or farmhouse. It was my turn this Wednesday. Friends started trickling in around 10 p.m. and were served liquor and food. Sandeep, who is the brother-in-law of my friend Sonu Barwala, was also present. He had consumed drinks and was enjoying himself when one of the guests found his behaviour objectionable. It led to a minor altercation between the two. Before anybody could realise what was happening, Sandeep whipped out his revolver and fired six rounds indiscriminately.”

Vijay’s business partner Vinod (25) and his paternal uncle Shiv Narayan (41) were declared brought dead at the nearby Brahm Shakti Hospital and Research Centre. Vijay sustained a bullet injury in his right palm and his friend Rajesh was hit in the leg.

Somnath Kapoor, a local resident, said a woman singer from Haryana and some artistes were present at the party and loud music was being played. “There were about 20 cars parked outside the farmhouse. We heard about half a dozen gunshots around 11-30 p.m. We were too scared to come out,” said Mr. Kapoor, adding that several such parties had been organised at the farmhouse over the past two years. Vijay, however, denied having invited any professional singer to the party.

A senior police officer said: “The victims have so far denied having invited any singer to the party. But investigations are on.”

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