Three minor boys allegedly beat up a 16-year-old to death after he refused to pay money for cigarettes and some ‘intoxicants’ on Saturday evening at Pandav Nagar area in east Delhi, police said.
The three alleged minor killers were detained for the murder of Sandeep Kumar, a class nine student at the local Sarvodaya Vidyalaya.
Sandeep lived at the Mahatma Gandhi Camp slum cluster located near Shashi Garden.
The alleged murder, according to the police, was payback for a failed extortion attempt.
“The main accused in the case, a minor, used to extort money from several boys living in the area to get cigarettes and other intoxicants,” said Ajay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (east).
“Recently, he had demanded money from Sandeep and assaulted him when the latter refused to give in. Sandeep had gone to the house of the accused and complained to his mother.”
According to the police, the main juvenile accused in the case had been seething with anger ever since the day Sandeep had complained against him and was looking for an opportunity to ‘teach him a lesson’.
He got an opportunity on Saturday evening when he and two of his friends bumped into Sandeep in the neighbourhood around 8 pm on Saturday.
“What further angered the accused was the fact that Sandeep had made a fresh complaint to his mother the same morning after the accused beat him up,” said the DCP (east).
“This time, the trio decided to leave nothing to chance and started assaulting Sandeep savagely with their hands. Minutes later, Sandeep’s limp body was carried away by some local residents who intervened in the fight. He was taken to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival,” deputy commissioner Kumar said.
Based on the testimony of eyewitnesses, a case of murder was registered and the three minors were detained soon after.