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‘See you soon’: Man thrashed in Lutyen’s Delhi for talking to friend in English

Delhi police have arrested two out of four attackers while hunt is on for others. The men, who were allegedly drunk at the time, work at a call centre. The victim Varun Gulati is undergoing treatment at a Noida hospital.

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2017 11:17 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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The victim was punched, kicked and beaten with an iron rod by four men soon after he said goodbye to his friend outside Shangri-La’s Eros hotel on Ashoka Road on Saturday morning.(HT FILE)

Speaking in fluent English while seeing a friend off proved costly for a 22-year-old as he was brutally assaulted by a group of four drunk men in Lutyens’ Delhi on Saturday.

Varun Gulati, an alumnus of Ryan International School in Noida and a real estate dealer, was punched, kicked and beaten with an iron rod by the four soon after he said goodbye to his friend outside Shangri-La’s Eros hotel on Ashoka Road on Saturday morning.

Two of the four attackers, Rubal Singh and Mandeep Singh, residents of Paschim Vihar and Rajouri Garden in west Delhi, were arrested near Dhaula Kuan after police chased their SUV.

The other two have been identified and a hunt is on for them. All the four work in a call centre.

Gulati suffered injuries on his face, head and other parts of the body and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Noida after he was discharged from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

Police said the men were enraged because Gulati “was speaking in English”.

Gulati’s mother told HT that he had gone with his friend Daksh to drop another friend Aman at Royal Plaza hotel, adjacent to Shangri-La’s Eros. After some time, Gulati came out to see off Daksh. Both were speaking in English as they came out of the hotel compound.

Four “drunk well-built men” were standing by the road and stared at them as they passed by. “But I ignored,” said Gulati in his complaint.

He then saw off Daksh, saying “See you soon,” and started walking back to the hotel. At this moment, the four men allegedly passed a comment on his use of fluent English. When he protested, they started verbally abusing him, said police.

“My son asked them not to abuse him, but that enraged them more and they all started fiercely punching and kicking him,” said Gulati’s mother. During the melee, one of them allegedly took out an iron rod from the SUV and hit Gulati in his head, causing him to bleed profusely.

When Gulati started screaming for help, the attackers fled in the SUV. However, Gulati noticed the SUV’s registration number and told it to a passerby who informed the police control room, which flashed the number across New Delhi.

A patrol vehicle chased the SUV and intercepted it on Sardar Patel Marg near Dhoula Kuan and arrested two of the attackers from it while the other two managed to flee.

Gulati’s mother said that he completed schooling from Ryan International School in Greater Noida and is currently pursuing higher education from Amity University, besides dealing in real estate.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 17:13 IST