Delhi man chased, stabbed to death after argument over urinating at wall; 4 held
The man was attacked following an altercation that started over him urinating at a wall, slapping one of the alleged attackers and abusing his mother who had objected to his urination
The 25-year-old man, who was chased and stabbed to death by a group of at least four people in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar on Thursday night, was attacked following an altercation that started over him urinating on a wall of Lal Gumbad, Malviya Nagar, slapping one of the alleged attackers and abusing his mother who had objected to him relieving himself at the monument, the police said on Saturday after arresting the four suspects.
The blood stained knife used in the murder was recovered from the arrested men apart from the clothes they were wearing at the time of the crime, the police said.
Footage from CCTV cameras in the area showed the victim, Mayank Panwar, a hotel management graduate, trying to flee his attackers, even as they pinned him down and stabbed him multiple times while passersby watched in horror.
On Friday, deputy commissioner of police (south) Benita Mary Jaiker said that the police received a call regarding the stabbing of a person near a market in Malviya Nagar. A police officer reached the crime scene and found that the injured man was rushed to a hospital by his relatives. Later, the police received information from AIIMS Trauma Centre regarding the death of Panwar due to stab injury that he suffered in a quarrel at Gate No 3 of Begumpur DDA market. Mayank’s friend, Vikas Panwar, who was with him during the quarrel, was found at the hospital.
On enquiry, the DCP said, Vikas told the police that around midnight on Thursday, he was drinking with Mayank at Lal Gumbad, near Sarvpriya Vihar. Suddenly, four to five persons came and had arguments with Mayank. Thereafter, all of them left but returned later and started pelting stones at them.
“Both fled the place and the alleged attackers started chasing them. Vikas moved towards the market area while Mayank ran towards Gate No-3 Begumpur, where they overpowered him and stabbed him multiple times,” said the DCP.
The police identified the suspects from the CCTV footage and tracked them through their local intelligence.
“We learnt that three suspects were hiding at the house of their friends. The prime accused Manish, 19, fled to the house of his uncle in Bawana. All the suspects were caught from Begumpur and Bawana,” the DCP said.
Police said that during the investigation, it was learnt that the four men were also drinking in the monument’s premises where Manish’s mother reached to take him home. She noticed that Mayank was urinating on a wall of the monument, and objected to it.
“Mayank abused her. When Manish responded, Mayank slapped him. Manish then called his friends for help and they pelted stones at Mayank and his friend Vikas. Mayank fled towards the park. Manish and his friends chased and overpowered Mayank. Manish stabbed Mayank multiple times in his stomach and then fled with his friends,” DCP Jaiker said.
The police identified the other arrested suspects as Rahul alias Bihari (19), Ashish Tanwar (20) and Suraj (19).
“It was also been learnt that Mayank and Manish had personal enmity,” said an investigator.
One of Panwar’s cousins had said on Friday that according to information the locals and police shared with the family, the men purportedly tried to snatch something from Mayank and when he resisted, it led to a scuffle.
“We were told that those people are local criminals and they snatch from people regularly. They pelted stones at Mayank and his friend, and also chased Mayank to kill him. We don’t know the rest,” the cousin added.