New Delhi: Police kept a hawk-eyed vigil on west Delhi’s Khayala area which was gripped by tension after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death by the family members of a woman with whom he was in a relationship.
Ankit Saxena, a professional photographer, was killed on Thursday night in the area. His Muslim girlfriend’s family opposed her relationship with Saxena.
Four persons, including the brother of the woman, were nabbed a few hours after Saxena was stabbed to death by them.
“Three accused — the mother, father and uncle of the woman — have been sent to judicial custody. Her minor brother has been sent to the juvenile home,” a senior police officer said.
The woman claimed a threat to her life and was sent to Nari Niketan. The family of the deceased has been given security, police said.
Local residents claimed, however, that the killing was not a fallout of Saxena being in an interfaith relationship.
A friend of Saxena said “news reports suggesting a communal angle in the incident are wrong”.
He demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal break his “silence” over the killing and announce a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family.