The accused in the murder of Pankaj Narang, a dentist killed by a mob in west Delhi for protesting rash driving, are not Bangladeshis, police said on Saturday, cautioning against rumours after some Twitter users gave a communal colour to the incident.
“All the accused are from Uttar Pradesh,” joint commissioner of police Deependra Pathak said, reacting to tweets that Narang was killed because he and his son were celebrating India’s win against Bangladesh at World T20 championship on Thursday.
4 juveniles among 9 arrested for murder of vikaspuri doctor. No religious angle at all, as rumoured by some. We appeal u to maintain peace.— Monika Bhardwaj (@manabhardwaj) 25 March 2016
Out of 9 accused person 5 r Hindu.At the moment of first scuffle, out of 2, 1 was Hindu.The Muslim accused r residents of UP ,not Bangladesh— Monika Bhardwaj (@manabhardwaj) 25 March 2016
Nine people, including four juveniles and a middle-aged woman, have been detained in the case. Most of the accused are e-rickshaw drivers in Vikaspuri and fishmongers from a nearby market who live in a slum.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor described the incident as horrific and tweeted: “My thoughts go to his distraught family, esp his son. But let’s not communalize this murder (sic).”
Soon after, Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta visited Narang’s house and spoke about problems caused by Bangladeshis in the area. He described Narang’s death as “the murder of a Hindu”.
Leaders of the BJP too visited his house, while neighbours of the victim met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said he has requested lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to provide security to Narang’s friends and family.
“I spoke to LG, who immediately agreed,” Kejriwal posted on Twitter.
Friends n neighbours of Dr Narang met me today n requested police protection for family n police patrolling in area(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 26 March 2016
I spoke to LG, who immediately agreed. They also advised me to visit the family after a few days as family was in shock rt now(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 26 March 2016
Celebrating India’s win, Narang, his seven-year-old son and nephew came out of their home around 30 minutes past Wednesday midnight and started playing cricket in their car park.
The ball flew into the bylane and Narang and his son ran after it. Narang saw two youths on a bike approaching them. When he raised his hand to stop the biker, it grazed the rider’s body.
An argument broke out, and Narang slapped the biker and seized his motorcycle and keys.
The duo returned 15 minutes later with more than a dozen people carrying blunt objects. Narang was dragged out of his home and brutally assaulted.