A 40-year-old dentist was allegedly beaten to death by a group of around 15 persons, including at least four juveniles, following a dispute in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area. Police arrested four people and apprehended four juveniles in connection with the case.
The victim has been identified as Dr. Pankaj Narang, who lived with his wife and son in the Vikaspuri area.
The incident took place late last night following which eight persons, including four juveniles, were apprehended, DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar said.
One of the two persons who are prime accused in the case turned out to be a juvenile. The second has been identified as one Naseer.
According to police, at a little after midnight, Dr. Narang was playing cricket in his home with his son and nephew, celebrating India’s one-run victory over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 tournament.
The ball bounced out on to the road and the dentist’s eight-year-old son ran out to retrieve it. Just then, the police said, Naseer and one of the minors arrested were speeding past on a motorbike, which grazed the child. Dr Narang flagged them down and a heated argument followed.
Naseer then drove off, the police said, only to return about 10 minutes later with 10 people and they attacked Dr Narang. Witnesses said people who had gathered attempted to intervene, but they were thrashed too. Dr Narang died on the way to hospital.
A case under charges of murder, attempt to murder, trespassing and rioting has been registered in this connection, police said.
“Police zeroed in on the accused, all of whom were found to be locals. By this morning, we had apprehended eight of them. Efforts are on to nab the others,” Kumar said.
Apart from the four juveniles, including one of the prime accused, and Naseer, the adults arrested in connection with the incident have been identified as Deepak and two youths who are both named Amir, police added.
Meanwhile, some locals told police that the scuffle originated after the doctors son, who was playing outside the house, threw a ball which hit one of the accused. The doctor came to his sons rescue and got involved in the scuffle.
DCP Kumar, however, refuted these claims.