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Two thrashed for refusing cigarette, money for liquor in south Delhi

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2012 02:12 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times
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One man's refusal to share his pack of cigarettes in a south Delhi neighbourhood, another's to accede to a local drunkard's demand for cash and a traffic constable's insistence on doing his job have become invitations to murderous rage.

Assailants with short fuses got ticked-off at the slightest of provocation, leaving their victims gasping for breath in three almost back-to-back incidents reported from south Delhi this week.

The first incident was reported from Fatehpur Beri on Sunday which saw a 22-year-old truck driver being mercilessly assaulted and humiliated in public when he refused to loan a local drunkard some money.

"Mohammad Shakir, the victim, was returning home around 3:30pm on June 10 when he was waylaid by one Imran, a local drunkard," admitted a senior police officer.

"Imran demanded money from Shakir to buy liquor but the latter refused. Imran stabbed him in the face with a key and assaulted him with a brick." Just seven hours later, Salim Khanikar, a resident of Amar Colony's Paryavaran Complex, was beaten black and blue by two men before robbing him at knifepoint.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/6/15_06_12-metro3c.jpg

The assault, Khanikar told police, seemed to have been triggered by his refusal to offer a stranger a smoke outside the East of Kailash Community centre around 10:30pm.

"I had to drive down to Essex Farms for some work around midnight and, since I had some time on my hands on the way, I stopped outside a park for a smoke," Khanikar told police.

Almost immediately, a man approached him and asked for a cigarette. He refused and blows began raining on him. Soon, another stranger armed with a knife walked up to Khanikar, snatched his phone and walked away.