Gurgaon: Police have formed four teams to trace the accused who barged into the house of a former sarpanch in a Manesar village on Diwali night and fired indiscriminately at his family and relatives performing Lakshmi puja, killing both his sons. No arrest had been made till late on Saturday evening.
Police officers scanning CCTV footage from cameras installed both inside the house as well as in nearby buildings in Kasna village said they had got some crucial leads that could help them trace the accused.
Around 8pm on Thursday, three men had barged into the house of Gopal, the former sarpanch, in Kasan village and rained bullets into his family members engaged in Diwali prayers. While Gopal’s two sons died, four of his relatives, including an eight-year-old, suffered injuries. A family member said the firing continued for 15 minutes.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the attack on Gopal’s house was the fallout of a murder of a villager that dates back to 2007. The two families have since been engaged in a bitter battle. Gopal’s sons, Balram and Sohanpal, had been handed the life term in connection with the murder then. They came out on bail a few years ago and the other family was since looking for an opportunity to avenge the 2007 death.
“Balram and Sohanpal had shot dead one Manoj in 2007. After they came out on bail, Manoj’s brother Yogender was looking for an opportunity to take revenge. On Thursday evening, when all the family members were busy performing puja, Yogender and his associates barged into the house and fired indiscriminately at them,” said ACP (crime) Preet Pal Sangwan.
Sangwan said the entire attack was captured in cameras installed inside the compound of the house as well as in other buildings. Since the family members could not immediately recollect the password, it took long to retrieve the footage, he added.
According to the senior police officer, some of the attackers were wearing masks and could not be identified, but four of them used to be visitors to the house several years ago. “We are also scanning call records of the accused and checking CCTV footage from different locations. Our teams are following some crucial leads and we hope to make arrests soon,” he said.


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