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Mob justice? Man ‘lynched’ in north Delhi on suspicion of theft

The 28-year-old victim was found dead with multiple injuries at Vijay Chowk area near Swaroop Nagar. Local probe by cops revealed he had been beaten to death on suspicion of committing theft.

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2017 23:43 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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The man’s body with multiple injuries was found lying in an open field at Vijay Chowk area near Swaroop Nagar.

: A 28-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on the suspicion of committing theft at a haystack godown in north-west Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar on Sunday night.

The man’s body, with multiple injuries, was found lying in an open field at Vijay Chowk area near Swaroop Nagar. A local inquiry by the police revealed that the crime had taken place the previous night.

Police have detained two persons in connection with the murder. A senior police officer said they have identified three more persons suspected to be involved in the attack, and will be detained soon.

Milind Dumbre, deputy commissioner of police (north-west), said the deceased have been identified as one Shankar, who lived with his family at C-block in Jahangirpuri. He was unmarried and jobless.

The incident came to light when a passerby noticed the body in a field at Vijay Chowk at 7.15am on Monday and called police. A team of police who reached the spot sent the body to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on admission.

According to the officer, the involvement of the five persons and others was established during the probe, when they met Jai Kumar, a local security guard, who claimed to have witnessed the mob lynching. Kumar told police that he was returning home after work when he saw a group of five to six men beating up a man.

“The guards said the attackers had pinned down Shankar on the coupling of a tractor-trailer and were beating him up. Around a dozen men were standing and watching the thrashing. The guard did not muster courage to rescue the man and left for home,” said the police officer.

Asked if Shankar was a thief and lynched by the mob after they caught him committing a theft in the godown, an investigator said that they were yet to establish the exact sequence of events that led to his murder.

“The arrested persons claim that they had caught Shankar red-handed stealing iron plates and other items from the godown. They claim that similar thefts had taken place in their shops before and they were already looking for the thief. We are still in the process of verifying their claims. We are verifying his antecedents to find out if he was previously involved in any crime,” said the investigator.

ccording to the investigators, after Shankar fell unconscious due to the thrashing, two of the attackers transported him to the open field on a motorcycle and dumped him there.

Senior police officers said that nobody from the mob informed the police about the man’s death. Also, instead of taking the injured man to a hospital, the attackers tried to destroy the evidence related to the crime by dumping the body some 400m away from the place where he was mercilessly thrashed.

“It has also come to our notice that the attackers attempted to change Shankar’s clothes after his death. That meant their intention was to tamper with the evidence and mislead police. If the allegations are found true, we will arrest the accused,” the officer said.

First Published: Mar 20, 2017 16:38 IST