The capital bore witnessed to first honour killing of the year. A 28-year-old executive was waylaid, assaulted within an inch of his life and then set ablaze — all in a matter of less than 30 minutes on December 31 by his alleged lover's incensed brother and his friends in southeast Delhi's Dakshinpuri, the police said on Tuesday.
"The victim has been identified as Vaibhav Mishra who was a territorial manager with Reliance Communications and a resident of Khanpur's A block. The fatal attack on him was led by Surender, 22, who disapproved of the victim's romantic relationship with his sister," said OP Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (southeast).
Besides Surender, police attributed the crime to four of his co-workers identified as Rajiv, 24; Anil, 19; Rahul, 21 and Anand Prakash, 20. All except Prakash, who is a sweeper, work for a local band company that plays at marriage functions.Though the assailants destroyed Mishra's mobile phone, they left the SIM card at the scene of the crime, the police said. Investigators used both the semi-legible number plate of his bike and the SIM card to trace the accused.
Mishra had attended a party at one of his colleagues' homes in the area before departing for his residence at 12.30am. "Surender knew that his 22-year-old sister was seeing Mishra who, he claimed, was often seen in his locality. He had seen Mishra passing through Dakshinpuri's A block on December 31. It was then that he plotted with his friends to murder Mishra," the officer said.
According to the police, Surender and his friends, who were under the influence of alcohol, waited for Mishra to leave the area and intercepted him as soon as he reached the Auto Market area. "They assaulted him mercilessly. Then, they poured petrol over his inert body and set both him and his vehicle ablaze," said the officer.