Five days after a minor was murdered for refusing to fetch cigarettes, another murder took place over the same petty issue. This time, three minor boys allegedly murdered a 20-year-old man who insisted that they get him cigarettes from a nearby kiosk.
The murder took place in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur on Sunday night. The police apprehended three juvenile accused, aged between 13 and 15 years, for the murder. The deceased, Shivam, ran a mobile recharge shop in Jaitpur.
Shivam was at his shop when he asked the three boys to fetch cigarettes for him. The teenagers refused after which an argument broke out between them. The argument turned violent and Shivam was attacked with a knife. The boys fled after Shivam fell on the road and began screaming for help.
A neighbour called the police control room. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital from where he was rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. He was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctors.
The three accused were caught from near their homes after some time. They told the police that Shivam often used to harass them by asking them to get cigarettes and tea from the market.
“On Sunday again, Shivam asked them to bring them cigarettes. When they refused, he abused them. The boys, who were already miffed with Shivam, attacked him with knives and ran away from the spot,” said the officer. The juveniles worked at nearby shops as attendants.
On Monday, they were produced before the juvenile justice board from where they were sent to a correction home for boys.