The crime branch of the Delhi Police has arrested four more people in connection with the Rinku Sharma murder case. The arrested persons have been identified as Deen Mohd (40), Dilshan (22), Fayaiz (21) and Faizan (21). Delhi Police had previously arrested five persons in connection with the case. So far, nine men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Sharma, police said.
The suspects were identified and arrested on the basis of CCTV footage in which they were seen attacking Sharma.
On the night of 10 February, when the victim and the suspects were attending a birthday party, an argument broke out between them over their food joints in Rohini.
They allegedly slapped and threatened each other at the party, following which they left. The two parties had similar tussles over the same issue sometime back as well, police had said.
Later, the four men went to Sharma’s house where the victim, along with his elder brother, was already standing outside with sticks. A scuffle broke out between the two sides again during which the suspect stabbed Sharma and fled from the spot, a senior police officer had said.
The victim’s brother Mannu (19), however, had alleged that Rinku was killed as he was actively participating in the donation drive for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
However, Delhi Police had denied any communal angle to the murder and said the fight at the birthday party took place over a business rivalry.
Earlier, the family members of Rinku Sharma had alleged that he was attacked because he was a part of the ‘Sangh’ and was collecting donations for the construction of the Ram Temple. Speaking to reporters, a member of the family of Rinku Sharma alleged that two dozen people had barged into their house and attacked the other members in the family.
“There were more than two dozen people who barged inside our house. They opened the (gas) cylinder, but I moved it back citing illness… Our family was attacked. We don’t have any business dispute with them,” Rekha Sharma, the mother of Rinku, said.