Man shot dead in clothing showroom in Gurgaon: 1 gunman detained

Four days after the former deputy chairman of the Sohna market committee was shot dead in a clothing showroom in Gurgaon’s Sadar Bazar, police said on Monday they had arrested one of the shooters in the case.

Sukbir Singh (48) aka Sukhbir Chairman, a property trader from Rithoj village, had gone to buy clothes from a showroom in Sadar Bazar on September 1 around 3:30 p.m. when at least five assailants opened fire on him. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

In the police complaint, his son, Anurag, said his father had been active in politics in the Sohna area and had been the former deputy chairman of the Sohna market committee.

“My father had been married twice and for some time his relationship with his brother-in-law was strained and there was a lot of tension. I am convinced that my father’s brother-in-law and his associates murdered him” , he alleged in the FIR,

Preet Pal, ACP Crime, said Sector 31 Criminal Branch arrested a Rajasthani-born Yogesh alias Sillu (22) from Gurgaon on Sunday.

“Yogesh was among the shooters involved in the murder. According to the preliminary investigation, he is a friend of the victim’s brother-in-law and was involved in the shooting without his knowledge. Yogesh said that some disbelievers had behaved badly with his sister in his village and he wanted to take revenge on them. He claimed that (the brother-in-law) and his associates pledged to come to his aid by ‘taking revenge’ if he helped them shoot Sukhbir,” the ACP said.

Police said they identified at least five suspects, including the victim’s brother-in-law, who allegedly planned the murder bid due to personal enmity. Police added that the suspects had carried out a reconnaissance of the area. Police have recovered purported CCTV footage where the suspects can be seen fleeing the showroom after the shooting.

The accused will be brought before a district court and remanded in custody, police said.

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