Three days after a 40-year-old dentist was beaten to death by a group of people outside his residence in Delhi, investigators are looking for CCTV camera footage that may have captured the attack.
An official privy to the investigation today said police have so far obtained one footage which shows a group of around 12 people moving in a lane where the victim, Pankaj Narang, was attacked. The footage does not contain visuals of the assault.
Nine people, including four juveniles and a middle-aged woman, apprehended in connection with the case were identified with the help of the lone footage obtained from near the victim’s house.
Police have approached some offices in the area as the CCTV cameras could have covered the spot where the brutal attack took place, the official said.
Police are close to identifying three others involved in the attack but their roles are yet to be verified.
They have also roped in the cyber cell wing to track people who allegedly tried to give the incident a communal colour via social media and on the internet.
Patrolling in the area has been increased and local residents at a slum, where the accused lived, are being questioned to ascertain identities of the others, the official added.
Narang was dragged out of his house and allegedly beaten to death with bats, iron roads and hockey sticks in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area.
According to police, the dentist had taken out his son and nephew to play cricket to celebrate India’s victory over Bangladesh in the World T20 match.
Narang’s eight-year-old son had gone outside to collect the ball when the assaulters sped past him on a motorcycle and grazed the child, triggering a scuffle between the dentist and the two youths.
After around 10 minutes, the duo, Naseer and a minor, returned with around 10 people and dragged Narang from his house before attacking.