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NRI youth murdered in UK, 7 arrested

An NRI teenager is battered to death by a vicious mob in Birmingham and seven persons are arrested in connection with the murder.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 19:17 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

An NRI teenager was battered to death by a vicious mob in UK's Birmingham and seven persons were arrested in connection with the murder, police said here today.

19-year-old Gurdeep Singh Mann, from Smethwick, who had been in a critical condition in Birmingham's City Hospital after being attacked by up to 15 youths on Saturday night, died on Monday.

Seven suspects were today being quizzed by detectives. A 17-year-old previously arrested was released on bail pending further inquiries.

The seven, aged 15 to 20, were arrested in connection with the death of the teenager who was attacked in Windmill Lane, Smethwick, just before 11 pm on Saturday.

He was repeatedly kicked and punched and suffered serious head injuries. A post mortem examination revealed he died of head injuries.

"There are seven people currently in custody on suspicion of murder who are being questioned," Deputy Inspector Paul Homer from Smethwick CID said.

"The deceased was attacked by a number of youths and, having been out trying to trace them, we now have seven people in custody," he said.

It is thought the victim was walking with another youth when the attack took place.

A police spokesman said: "This investigation is now a murder inquiry. We are still appealing for witnesses."

First Published: Sep 21, 2006 19:17 IST