Three shot dead over gang rivalry in northeast Delhi

July 9th, 2008 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) In the third shootout in the national capital in three days, two unidentified assailants shot dead a 30-year-old man who belonged to a rival gang but were immediately gunned down by the victim’s friends in northeast Delhi early Wednesday. Police said Sahim Chowdhury, 30, was standing with his friends near the Seelampur police station when two unidentified motorcycle borne men fired at them. While Chowdhury was felled by three bullets, his friends opened fire in retaliation and killed the assailants.

Chowdhury and his attackers were rushed to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

“It was a fall-out between two criminal gangs. Chowdhury was known to be involved in illegal activities. We have registered a case and would soon arrest Chowdhury’s friends. Investigations are on to identify them and to verify whether they opened fire in self-defence,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast Delhi) Jaspal Singh told IANS.

On Tuesday, Mahesh Kapoor, 52, and employed with a Nokia Priority showroom on Vikas Marg, was killed when he was returning from a bank after withdrawing Rs.135,000.

The assailants pumped several bullets into his body near the Delhi Police headquarters and fired in the air before escaping.

Late Monday, two brothers were gunned down in the Ballimaran area of the walled city when their neighbours called them outside their house and opened fire at them. The brothers died on the spot.

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