NEW DELHI: A petty fight between teenagers at a playground claimed the life of an auto-rickshaw driver who tried to intervene in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar on Tuesday.
Azhar Ali, 36, on Thursday died of injuries he sustained while trying to stop the fight between his son and some other boys.
Ali’s 16-year-old son had gone out to play with his friends in the local playground when a petty argument broke out between them.
The minor squabble escalated with parents of the teens clashing with each other.
Jon Nabi, Ali’s brother, said that the matter was soon sorted out. But the relatives of another boy came to their house and threatened Ali in the afternoon.
In the evening, they returned and called Ali outside his house on the pretext of solving the matter and attacked him with knives and hammers.
Ali’s relatives have named Munna, the father of the kid, along with three others — Sulaima, Kallu and Jumman — as accused.
“My nephew went in the morning to a park to play and got into a tiff. We did not take the matter seriously at the beginning and forgot about it. But in the afternoon, Kallu, Jumman, Sulaiman and Munna (the relatives of the boy) came and threatened us. They said ‘you will pay for this, wait till the evening’. In the evening they attacked him with hammers and knives. It is clear that the attack was planned,” said Nabi.
He said Ali was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital after the attack where no doctor attended to him. “We took him to a private hospital later as his condition had worsened. He died at 2am on Thursday,” Nabi said.
DCP (east) Rishi Pal said two accused, Munna and Kallu, were arrested while police were looking for the other accused.
Relatives of Ali claimed that despite repeated requests the police were dragging its feet in probing the case.
Ali’s nephew Mohammad Akib said the accused tried to reach a ‘ settlement’ by offering to pay a certain sum of money.