A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death outside his house in Madangir, near Sangam Vihar, South-East Delhi on Friday night.
Police said Deepak was stabbed 42 times by four youths with whom he had a tiff some months ago. “Deepak’s father, Kalu Ram, who works as a labourer in the area heard his son scream. When he went out of the house, he saw Deepak lying in pool of blood,” a senior police officer said.
“There were several stab wounds on his thighs, chest, stomach and a deep cut close to the heart. He saw a few persons fleeing the spot. He informed police control room and rushed him to the hospital. Deepak died on the spot,” the officer said.
Preliminary investigation revealed Deepak had a quarrel with four of his friends following which he stopped visiting them. His father told police that he had stopped Deepak from going out with his friends because they were into drugs.
On Friday night, Deepak got a call from his friends who asked him to step out to settle the dispute. Initially Deepak did not take their call. But he answered the phone and they convinced him to come out.
“It appears that Deepak had a financial dispute with his friends. He knew one of the youths, a juvenile, from when he worked at a parking lot in Gurgaon… It appears the youth wanted Deepak to accompany him and take drugs with them but since he refused, their ego was hurt,” said a senior police officer.
A murder charge was registered at the Sangam Vihar police station. The police have recorded statements of 25 people and accessed CCTV footage of the area to identify the youths.
Deepak’s phone was also seized to identify the number of the youth he last spoke to.
Sources said that juvenile in the crime was identified. “A team went to the residence of the juvenile but he is absconding. His mobile phone is also switched off. We sought help from the local intelligence to trace youth. Raids were conducted at several locations but police are yet to make any arrests. The deceased Deepak was a twelfth standard student from open school,” a senior police officer said.