A youth was allegedly murdered when he tried to restrain a group of four youths from indulging in hooliganism under the influence of liquor in Kather area of the town on Sunday night.
The deceased, identified as Kailash Thakur, 30, was the only son of his parents. His mother works in the home guard department.
The crime was committed on the premises of the police station of the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in Kather area on the Chambaghat bypass.
Four students of a private educational institution were indulging in hooliganism reportedly under the influence of liquor adjacent to Thakur's house around 11.30pm.
Preliminary investigations made by the police revealed that Thakur after hearing the noise came out and urged the youths to maintain peace in the locality.
The youth got infuriated over the request of Thakur and ran after him. Sensing trouble, Thakur entered the vigilance police station, where the assailants allegedly attacked him with an empty liquor bottle.
In the FIR lodged with the Sadar police, constable of the vigilance and ACB Madan Lal stated that when he along with head constable Devinder Kumar was on night duty, they noticed a youth entering the premises of the police station, following which four youths entered the complex and started beating up Thakur.
“We tried our best to stop the youths from indulging in violence, but one of the assailants in a fit of rage attacked Thakur with a broken liquor bottle, causing grievous injuries on his neck and chest,” they added. He was immediately rushed to the regional hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Superintendent of police Ramesh Chhajta said when they received the information, the police cordoned off the area and arrested all four accused, namely Gaurab Singh, Pardeep Mehta, Ajay Sharma and Chandan Soni.
Chhajta, who along forensic experts visited the spot, said the body had been sent for a post-mortem to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. A case has been registered and further investigation was in progress.