He slashed friend, fled... and slipped to his death
Satvinder Singh (37) had wanted to lend a helping hand to his unemployed childhood friend Ashwini Kumar (36).By Friday evening, both friends were dead. Police say a dispute over Rs 93,000 led to the tragedy.delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2009 23:14 IST
It was a crime where retribution came swiftly.
Satvinder Singh (37) had wanted to lend a helping hand to his unemployed childhood friend Ashwini Kumar (36).
By Friday evening, both friends were dead. Police say a dispute over Rs 93,000 led to the tragedy.
Singh, a resident of L1 block in Kalkaji, ran a housekeeping business from the terrace of his building. Police said Kumar came up to the terrace to meet Singh on Friday afternoon. Singh's wife Poonam, who works for a multinational company, was in her Gurgaon office at the time and the couple's two children—Arnava (5) and Arshita (10)— home.
It seemed like a routine business visit, except, police said, Singh was carrying a butcher's knife, wrapped in brown chart paper.
“He wanted to settle a financial matter with Singh. It was a pre-meditated crime as Kumar brought along the knife," said a senior police officer who did not wish to be identified.
Police said the two friends entered an argument and Kumar took out the knife and slashed Singh's stomach. According to police, Singh retaliated, snatched the knife from Kumar and attacked him.
Singh's screams drew his father upstairs.
"I heard my son screaming and rushed to the terrace to find out what had happened," said Bakshish Ram, who stays on the first floor of the building. Satvinder Singh managed to stumble downstairs.
“Satvinder was bleeding profusely. He told me that Kumar had stabbed him and asked me to bolt the terrace door from outside.”
Neighbours alerted a beat constable who was patrolling the area, said police, and he rushed to the terrace where Kumar was holed up.
“When he saw the policeman, Kumar tried to escape by jumping over to an adjacent building. He lost his balance and plunged to death," said the officer.
In the meantime, said police, neighbours had rushed Singh to Majedia Hospital on a two-wheeler. “After reaching the hospital, Singh told doctors he had been attacked by his friend. He was pronounced dead soon after," said the police officer.