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Spice merchant killed at Azadpur market

delhi Updated: Jul 09, 2012 23:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Two persons, including a 50-year-old spice merchant from Haryana’s Sonepat, were stabbed to death allegedly by unidentified assailants in the Capital in the past 24 hours.

The first incident of murder was reported from north Delhi’s Azadpur market where the spice merchant was murdered by some unidentified assailants around 9am on Monday.

Though investigators are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder, they believe that the businessman, identified as Rikshpal, was not killed for money, as Rs. 9,000 in cash and his cell phone were found in his pocket. A case of murder has been registered at the Mahendra Park police station and policemen are investigating the case from personal enmity and business rivalry angles.

A senior police officer said the matter came to light after a passerby found the businessman lying in a pool of blood and made a call to the police. The victim was rushed to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, the officer said.

Rikshpal’s son told the police that a few months ago, his brother was attacked and robbed by their village rivals and they are suspecting the involvement of the same people behind his father’s murder.

The second murder incident was reported from central Delhi’s Daryaganj area where a 28-year-old worker, engaged at a Delhi Metro construction site near ITO, was stabbed and robbed by four miscreants on Sunday night.

The incident took place at around 10pm and the victim was identified as Ranjeet Shah, a native of Samastipur district in Bihar. Shah had gone to recharge his cell phone at Daryaganj market and was returning to his work place when he was waylaid by the assailants.

“Shah was stabbed in his abdomen when he resisted their robbery attempt. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him brought dead. A case of murder and robbery has been registered at the Daryaganj police station. We have detained one person for questioning,” said a police officer.