Refusing to get a packet of cigarettes cost a 16-year-old boy his life when he was brutally attacked with knives by a group of unidentified drunk men in northwest Delhi’s Bharat Nagar on Wednesday night.
The teenager, a class 11 student at a local government-run school, was mercilessly beaten up and stabbed by the accused following a fight over the petty issue, police said. The crime took place around 10 pm at a park near JJ Colony in Bharat Nagar. Two people have been detained.
The victim, identified as Ranjan Kumar, was returning home after attending his tuition classes when the crime took place. “The teenager was crossing through a park when a group of young men consuming alcohol stopped him. They asked him to bring a packet of cigarettes for them from the nearby shop,” said a police officer.
Ranjan, the officer said, ignored their demand and moved ahead. The men followed him and blocked his way. They insisted that he bring cigarettes for them but Ranjan refused. An argument broke out between them and the assailants beat him up, the officer said.
When Ranjan began screaming for help, they stabbed him in his neck and escaped. Ranjan screamed for help and was lying in the park but no one came forward as the area was deserted, the officer said.
“Some minutes later, a passerby spotted the teenager lying in a pool of blood and called the police control room. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on admission. Doctors told us that he died due to excessive bleeding,” the officer added.
Ranjan’s family was informed about the murder later in the night. His body was handed over to them after autopsy on Thursday.
Investigators said that a case of murder was registered. “We identified a few suspects and have sent teams to nab them,” the officer said.