An altercation over choice of music at a wedding ceremony two days ago led to a clash between two groups in Chirag Dilli area of south Delhi, leaving three dead on Friday night. Locals beat one of the alleged attackers, Manoj (22), to death when he went with his group to seek revenge from two persons in the area.
Two friends — Vipin Shandilya (20) and Vijendra Shandilya (28) — were stabbed to death by a group of five armed men who laid siege at Vipin’s house on Friday night. Two accused, Kuldeep and Sonu in their mid twenties, have been arrested, police said.
The incident was reported around 10.30 pm on Friday. They were rushed to AIIMS Trauma center on Saturday morning.
“Two days ago, the two friends had gone to attend a marriage function in the adjacent colony. They had an altercation with a group over the choice of music being played at the DJ console,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity. “The group threatened them and decided to teach them a lesson.”
On Friday, they attacked Vipin’s house and stabbed him several times, police said. Police said the accused had planned the attack as most of the men in the locality had gone to attend a marriage at Gannaur in Uttar Pradesh.
“My brother got a call from Vipin around 10.25 pm on Friday that some men were trying to kill him. He rushed to his help. He never came back,” said Shobha Shandilya, Vijendra’s sister.
Vijendra had given a portion of his house on rent, which was his source of income. His three elder sisters are married and he lived with his mother Kamlesh (55).
Premvati (75) saw her grandson Vipin being killed. “They barged in the house and started abusing Vipin. All of them were armed with big knives,” she said. “They stabbed Vipin and Vijendra. My younger grandson Ritesh who was also present in the house was also hurt.”
Premvati said they also hit her on the legs when she went to save her grandson. Vipin was a student of BA, IInd year at College of Vocational Studies. His father died four years ago and he is survived by his grandmother, mother and a younger brother.
Neighbors alleged the attackers snatched the gold chain of Vipin's mother before fleeing from the scene. Following the incident, security was beefed in the area and extra police personnel had to be deployed.
“Two of the five accused reportedly have a criminal record. We have arrested one of them identified as Kuldeep. All of them live in the same area and the murders seems to be the fallout of an old altercation,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).