A day after a 18-year-old youth was murdered in broad daylight after being dragged from his Activa in Sector-25 market on Wednesday evening, police have arrested seven people, including four juveniles from their hideouts in Dhanas, Sector 56 and Mullanpur.
The victim, Vikas, of Bhaskar Colony, Sector 25, who had come out of jail just 15 days ago, had assaulted one of the accused Ashu following enmity.
The two other accused are Vikas (no connection to victim) and Vishal.
All three are residents of Bhaskar Colony.
Sources added that Police had arrested five accused on Wednesday late night itself.
“Vikas was arrested for assaulting Ashu, who had to be admitted to hospital. Ashu, along with his accomplices, attacked Vikas with sharp edged weapons, which led to his death,” said Ram Gopal, DSP (central).
Vikas was rushed to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on a motorcycle by his cousin and friend, where he was declared brought dead.
The area residents are angry and have been blaming the police for failing to maintain law and order in the area.
COMMUTERS FACE THE HEAT
Accusing the police of inaction, hundreds of residents of Bhaskar Colony blocked the Sector-25 Chowk on Thursday morning, raising anti-police slogans. Some of the protesters even pelted stones.
A posse of policemen had to be deployed to maintain law and order in the area. After a stand-off, kin of the deceased went to meet senior police officials.
As the roads were choked, traffic was diverted leading to major jams on city roads — including the stretch from Sector 42 to Sector 22.
“It took me around an hour to reach my office in sector 17 from Sector 40. It usually takes only 20 minutes,” said a commuter SS Dhillon.
Sunil, a cousin of the deceased, alleged that the police was still favouring one accused — who is a juvenile — and have not even arrested him yet.
“We will not bring the body home until the police arrest the main accused. My cousin had raised his voice against sale of illegal liquor and thus the conspiracy was hatched,” said Sunil. A murder case has been registered.