A day after they were detained for mercilessly murdering their 16-year-old friend, the police said that the gang had meticulously planned the gruesome crime that was reported from southeast Delhi's Srinivaspuri on Saturday evening.
“We have detained all the nine boys who were friends of Yash. Though they are not studying in the same school, they became friends as they were staying in the same locality,” said Virender Chahal, additional commissioner of police (southeast).
According to police, they murdered Yash, a Class 10 student of Cambridge School in Sriniwaspuri on Saturday evening, while he was on his way to a friend's place for 'combined study' for the upcoming CBSE examinations.
“One of the accused had borrowed Rs 2,500 from Yash in December last year, which Yash was asking him to return,” said a senior police officer.
“He felt insulted when Yash had rudely brought up the issue on a previous occasion two days ago. That is why he decided to do it,” the officer added.
Police said the stabbing took place some 100 metres away from the house of Yash, whose father Manmohan Gupta owns an embroidery shop in Sadar Bazar.
“Yash was walking to the market in L-Block when the boy, who was being accompanied by eight of his friends who stay in the same area, stopped him and picked a fight,” said the officer.
“The argument soon turned into a violent fist-fight, during which one among the gang of nine stabbed Yash in the back,” the officer added.
Police said the main accused planned the crime with his other friends.
None of the detained boys have any previous criminal record. They are students of Class IX to XII and all belong to the lower middle-class.
Meanwhile, an incensed Manmohan Gupta said he would do whatever was required of him to put those responsible for his son's death behind bars.
“I don't care about what I have to do, but I will not let my son down,” said Gupta. “These boys deserve the gravest punishment possible for what they did to my son. I did not even know that Yash had loaned Rs 2,500 to one of the boys,” he added.
Meanwhile, police had said on Sunday they were ‘powerless’ in the face of Yash’s murderers. “We can only question them, detain them and usually end-up letting them off in a couple of hours,” an officer had told Hindustan Times.