A 43-year-old retired soldier was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants near Zarafpur Kalan in Ujwa village in south-west Delhi.

The deceased has been identified as retired army officer Mukesh. At the time of the murder he was singing songs with his friends in a field, when the attackers arrived there, asked him about a person and then opened fire on him. Police said at least five shots were fired, three of which hit Mukesh, killing him on the spot.

Police suspect that Mukesh’s murder may be a case of mistaken identity and the real target of the attackers will be Mukesh’s brother, who has a criminal record.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena said that there was a possibility that the attackers had come in search of Mukesh’s brother, but they killed Mukesh. DCP Meena said that the murder was carried out at around 5.30 pm on Monday evening. Two unknown people came there on an Apache motorcycle and asked Mukesh about any Rakesh.

Mukesh and his friends told the motorcycle riders that Rakesh was not with them, when suddenly the person inquiring about Rakesh opened fire on Mukesh with a native pistol and ran away.

Mukesh’s friends made a noise, after which his nephew admitted him to a nearby hospital, where on arrival doctors declared Mukesh dead.

A case of murder has been registered in this regard. A team of police visited the crime spot and collected evidence. Eyewitness statements have also been recorded. Our teams are trying to identify and apprehend the suspects.

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