Ghaziabad ice cream vendor beaten to death for asking 6 to pay up
A 24-year-old ice-cream vendor was allegedly hacked to death by six men in Ghaziabad on Friday evening.Updated: Jul 02, 2016, 23:42 IST
A 24-year-old ice-cream vendor was allegedly hacked to death by six men in Maharajpur, opposite Kaushambi, in Ghaziabad on Friday evening. Three of the six men were identified by the police but only one of them was arrested.
Around 3pm on Friday, the accused, three of whom are identified as Imran, Rashid and Momin, had purchased ice cream that cost Rs. 5 from him but refused to pay the vendor, Mohd Islam, sources said.
“The six did not pay Islam for the ice cream and started to walk away when Islam asked them to pay Rs. 30 for the ice cream. An argument broke out and the six beat Islam with iron rods,” victim’s brother Mohammad Mubarak said.
He said that the six men had left Islam on the road and fled.
The police reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem examination. An FIR was lodged against the accused under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC at Link Road police station.
“On external examination of the body, it was found that there was a severe injury on the back of the victim’s head, which may have resulted in his death. According to an initial investigation, the victim was pushed during the brawl and suffered injuries to his head. The post-mortem exam report will give more clarity,” Ashish Srivastava, circle officer (border), said.
The police said that they arrested one of the accused.
“The police have arrested Rashid from Maharajpur, who was involved in the incident. We are questioning him on the whereabouts of others,” Srivastava said.
Relatives of the victim alleged that the accused managed to flee due to delay in police action. Residents of Maharajpur, including Islam’s relatives, held a protest against the police. “The police reached the spot two hours after the incident and did not lodge an FIR till late night, that too only after we staged a protest at the Link Road Police station,” Mubarak said.