A man suddenly pulled out a pistol and allegedly shot dead his neighbour for hurling a stone at his dog in northeast Delhi’s Welcome colony on Sunday afternoon.
The victim, identified as Affak threw a stone at the dog for barking at him while he was on the way to a nearby local hospital where his son had been taken for medication of a finger injury. Mehtab, the dog’s owner, is known to be a history-sheeter in the area.
Affak’s family said the dog had tried to bite him, following which he threw a small stone to shoo the dog away. The dog cried with a high-pitched voice which triggered Mehtab to come running out of the house immediately.
He even accused Affak of trying to kill the dog. While Aafak was trying to leave the spot, Mehtab suddenly whipped out a pistol and shot him from behind. The bullet pierced his torso (trunk of the human body).
According to the police, Mehtab is on the run along with his parents and wife, leaving his dog tied to the gate. Police revealed that Mehtab has more than 20 cases of robbery and extortion against him and had just come out of jail.
Hearing the loud gunshots, the neighbours rushed out only to find that Affak ‘lying bleeding’ on the road. He was then taken to GTB Hospital in an auto rickshaw where he passed away.
Neighbours notified Affak’s mother-in-law, following which the police were called. DCP (north-east) Atul Thakur said that the shocking incident was reported from Janta Colony in the Welcome area. It has been learnt that Affak worked as a tailor at a garments factory in Ghonda. His father-in-law Mohammad Shaukat said, he has three children and was the sole breadwinner of the family.
“This was not the first time Mehtab has got into an argument with someone over the dog. He used to feed the dog, as a result, it started staying at his house. The animal had a tendency to snap at passersby. If anyone protested against this. Mehtab would confront them,” said Shaukat. However, Police say that they did not find any injuries on the dog during the probe.
(Originally published by TOI)