An over-possessive father and three of his associates, including two brothers, were arrested for allegedly murdering a 20-year-old fruit seller when he didn’t heed their diktat of suspending his friendship with the former’s juvenile daughter in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area, police said on Monday.
“The victim, identified as Upender, who hailed from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, and his four friends lived on rent in a room owned by Ayub Khan, 45, a vegetable contractor and the 16-year-old girl’s father,” said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (southwest).
Police said Upender, who arrived in the city in late August 2010 was Khan’s employee and was found lying in a pool of blood with his throat slashed, on the floor of his rented room located in the Shivani Enclave area in Dwarka’s Kakraula village, on January 13.
“Upender had recently befriended Khan’s daughter. A possessive father, Khan had seen them conversing on a number of occasions and was cross at his daughter for being friends with him,” DCP Aggarwal said.
“So, he asked Upender to stay away from her. When Upender objected and said that it was between him and Khan’s daughter, the incensed father decided to do away with him,” he added. According to police, while Khan is the main accused in the case, his other associates have been identified as Vinod Kumar, 25, Sonu, 23 and Mahesh, 22.
“While Vinod works as a helper at a local shop, Sonu is a driver and his brother Mahesh, who is also in the same profession, was a party to the crime,” said a senior police officer. Police said Upender’s killing was executed on the night of January 12.
“Khan arranged a party at the room where he, Upender and his other roommates had drinks and food together. Once everybody had gone to sleep, Khan slit open Upender’s throat with a kitchen cleaver. After he had been on the run for three days, we arrested Khan in the evening today,” DCP Aggarwal added.
Upender’s roommates intimated police about the incident when they awoke from their drunken slumber on January 13. Police said a suspicious Upender was surprised at the sudden jolly mood that Khan seemed to be in.
“To allay his fears, Khan told Upender that he was throwing the party because he was to inherit a bread manufacturing unit soon.”