Smoking kills. But in this case, a 55-year-old man lost his life over a smoke.
Raj Kumar (24) allegedly stabbed Mohan Lal and killed him when the latter refused to share a pack of beedi. The incident happened in Bapa Nagar in Central Delhi around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Lal’s nephew Manoj Kumar reported the matter to police. He alleged that he heard some noise from his uncle’s room and, when he went to check, he saw the accused stabbing his uncle with a broken tube-light on his chest. Lal was rushed to Lady Harding Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Later Raj Kumar was spotted near a CNG petrol pump in Dev Nagar and was arrested.
“Kumar told the police that early this morning, he visited Lal’s house and demanded a beedi. But Lal refused and this led to a scuffle. In a fit of rage, he took a tube-light from inside the room and broke it by hitting the victim on his head and then repeatedly stabbed him on the chest,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to media.
The police said that the accused is a known bad character in the area. Raj Kumar is unemployed and lived with his mother.
In Rajouri Garden, youth stabbed to death
A 22-year-old man was killed when he tried to intervene in a scuffle in Rajouri Garden in West Delhi. The police said that around eight people were involved in the crime.
Police said Mohammed Wasim, a native of Uttar Pradesh, had come to Delhi a week back and had been working at a restaurant in Kirti Nagar.
“On Wednesday night, Wasim had come to meet his cousin Sanjay Khan in Prayag Vihar in Hari Nagar. His cousin, who has gone to the market, said Dharmender, Rakesh, Vinod, Bunty, Mani Ram, Narender, Babloo and Krishna, who are his neighbours, attacked him.
He said his cousin Wasim was stabbed by men who were going to attack him (Khan),” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to media.
B.Tech student dies after drowning in campus pool
A first year student of Amity University died after drowning in the swimming pool on the varsity campus on Thursday morning.
Justin John Xavier (18) was a B.Tech student in the Amity School of Space Science & Technology. Though it appeared to be death due to drowning, the college management said the student might have suffered a cardiac arrest.
A guard at the swimming pool told HT, “This morning there were only 10 students in the pool. Normally, we have batch of 60 students. John was good swimmer. I don’t know what happened inside the pool.”
Amity Director V.P. Sandlas, while briefing the media, said, “Justin John Xavier had joined the university just a month ago and was doing a B.Tech dual degree course in Aero Space Engineering & Avionics. He was from Kerala.”
When asked whether the death was due to drowning, Sandlas said, “The boy was 6 feet tall and the swimming pool was just 4 to 5 feet deep, so drowning is not possible. He became unconscious due to some illness.”
“He had told his friends about chest pain a few days ago but had not informed the college management. But the post-mortem report will reveal the exact cause of death.”