A 48-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her neighbour in South Delhi's Govindpuri after a fight over drinking water in south Delhi's Govindpuri.
Police said the crime took place on Thursday morning when the victim's and the neighbour's families clashed over the issue of taking drinking water from a water pipeline installed outside the building where they lived.
The deceased was identified as Aradhana Devi and she lived with her family in a rented room on the second floor of a two-storey building in Govindpuri's A-block. The entire building is occupied by twelve families with four families living on each floor.
All the twelve families depend on a single water pipeline that opens adjacent to the building. Police said the occupants of each floor had mutually agreed to extract water from water pipeline every alternate day using their personal electric water pump.
On Thursday around 10am, Aradhana's daughter Suchitra went to extract water from the water pipeline. She was collecting water in buckets and other water containers when her neighbour Govind who lives on the ground floor stopped her from taking out water.
"Suchitra reminded Govind that it was her day of using the water pipeline and continued taking out the water. An argument broke out between them and hearing the commotion Aradhana also came down and joined the melee. Govind's family also arrived there and soon the argument turned into an ugly fight," said Geeta who lives in the same building with her family.
Another neighbour Bacchulal said that during the fight, Govind and her family attacked Aradhana with bricks and stones due to which she suffered severe head injuries. "A police team rushed her to a nearby hospital where Aradhana succumbed to her injuries during treatment," said Bacchulal.
A case of murder has been registered at the Govindpuri police station and efforts were on to arrest the accused family which fled the house after locking their room.