The family had hinted that the attack was caste related. Vajeshni Yadav, a relative of Jitendra Yadav, who is fighting for his life in hospital, said the police have taken to targeting young men in the area, staging fake encounters to get promotions. "These are all farmers, not criminals. The police must be taught lessons in law," he said.
Describing the attack, which took place late on Saturday evening, Vajeshni Yadav told reporters that they were on way home from an engagement ceremony in Berhampur, in nearby Ghaziabad. Jitendra Yadav, who owns a gym and a shoe store, was dropping them home.
"My elder brother, uncle and two friends were in the car," said Vajeshni Yadav. Around 10.30 pm, when they had reached Noida's Sector 122, four policemen came in a jeep and stopped them. They then "started hitting and abusing Jitender Yadav," he said.
"When Jitendra asked what was their fault, the police said, 'You are a Yadav right'? Jitendra asked 'Is it a crime to be a Yadav'? The cop said, 'let me teach you...'."
"Prima facie, it looks like case of personal enmity. During the probe it was found that the trainee sub-inspector knew the elder brother of the man who was shot," said Mr Kumar. The gun belt of the arrested inspector, Vijay Darshan, has been seized and sent for forensic test, he added.
Vajeshni Yadav said the policeman came to Jitendra's shoe store few days ago. But he refused to pay, which led to an altercation.