A 57-year-old businessman died of ‘cardiac arrest’ during an argument over parking space in the congested lanes of Anand Parbat industrial area, in central Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon.
Rajkumar Sehdev, an automobile components dealer, was reportedly pushed around by his neighbours.
The three neighbours, identified as Bhojraj Kansal (65), his sons Atul Kansal and Puneet Kansal (both in their mid-20s) have been arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The Kansals are steel traders.
The argument took place around 12.15 pm when Sehdev’s elder son Rajat was trying to park his Honda Civic car outside their shop on New Rohtak Road in Anand Parbat.
“When Rajat came to park his car, he found a Santro already parked there. He asked the car’s owner, who also owns a shop nearby, to remove it. A scuffle took place between the Sehdevs and the Kansals over parking and soon a crowd gathered,” said Balchand Singla, another businessman who was hit on the head in the melee.
Singla said parking rights were a regular flashpoint in the industrial area.
Police said Sehdev’s sons, Rajat and Hitesh, and Kansal’s sons, Atul and Puneet, abused each other and came to blows.
“Rajkumar Sehdev and Bhojraj Kansal tried to intervene in the scuffle between their sons over a parking row. Sehdev was pushed around and since he was a heart patient he reportedly suffered a stroke and died before he could be rushed to hospital,” said Jaspal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central).
The family members of Sehdev alleged that he was beaten up.
“He was not suffering from any cardiac disease and was repeatedly beaten up by the Kansals till he died,” alleged Subhash Chauhan, a relative of the deceased, who was present at the scene of crime.
The Kansals, however, claimed the Sehdevs had picked up a fight with them.
“Sehdev’s two sons barged into my office and started beating me. They dragged me out and asked me to remove the car. When I tried to reason with them, they attacked us with belts and stones,” said Bhojraj Kansal, who was arrested following Sehdev’s death.
Businessmen alleged that the Sehdevs had been involved in parking rows thrice earlier but the issue was amicably settled each time.
“They (Sehdevs) own a small shop and bring three cars. There is no space here. They have been involved in parking rows thrice earlier also,” alleged Singla.
Sehdev was rushed to Jeevan Mala Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police said they would conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.