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Mukundpur lynching: 4 held, cops say boy was beaten for 3 hours

The autopsy report suggested that the cause of the death is multiple injuries by a blunt object.

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2018 08:48 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Mukundpur,Lynching,Delhi Police
Police have charged all the six accused with murder. (HT)

In a late night raid, Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested four men accused of lynching a 16-year-old boy in northwest Delhi’s Mukundpur on Tuesday. While two people had been arrested hours after the crime, these four men had been on the run.

During questioning, the four arrested men told police that they thrashed the boy continuously for three hours, leaving him dead.

Police have registered a murder case against all six men.

Stating that the four absconding accused were hiding at their relatives’ or friends’ houses, deputy commissioner of police (northwest) Aslam Khan said they have been identified as Triveni, Deshraj, Sant Lal and Sohan Lal. The two others, Nand Kishore and Rajkumar, were arrested for the crime on Tuesday morning. All six are brothers, DCP Khan said.

The DCP maintained that while the boy was lynched on suspicions of being a thief around 3.30am on Tuesday, the PCR call was made around 6.30am. The six men did not inform police about the incident for three hours, during which time they continued to beat him up, the DCP said.

She further confirmed that the boy died of haemorrhage shock. “The autopsy report suggests that the cause of the death is multiple injuries by a blunt object. The injuries collectively were sufficient to cause death. The pattern and nature of injuries is consistent with continuous beating for a considerable time while the hands of the deceased were tied with a ligature,” the DCP said, adding that a case under IPC section 302 (murder) has been registered.

Earlier, the police had registered a case under IPC section 304 pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

After the body was found, the deceased’s elder brother Mushahid, a plumber, had raised suspicion stating that he was wearing a white colour vest which did not belong to him. “The accused have changed my brother’s clothes. They tried to dress up the crime scene,” Mushahid had said.

Khan said that they are investigating who changed the boy’s clothes. “We have added IPC section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) to the FIR. Tampering of evidence is being probed. The accused have confessed to have tied the boy to beat him. The rope that was used to tie his hands is yet to be received,” she said.

The two men — Rajkumar and Kishore — had refused to have changed the boy’s clothes during questioning.

First Published: Sep 07, 2018 04:30 IST