In a fresh case of lynching, four Muslim men tied a 23-year-old Hindu man to a tree and beat him to death on suspicion of that he had stolen a cellphone in West Delhi’s Naraina early yesterday. Based on the eyewitnesses’ accounts, police arrested the four accused soon after the commission of the crime.
Earlier, on 27 August, a man who was looking for his missing son was beaten to death by two men in the city.
Police said they were informed about a man’s body lying at a park with injury marks. Witnesses said they had woken up around 5 AM on hearing the cries of the victim who was beaten with sticks and iron rods by four men at Loha Mandi in Naraina, police said. A rope and a white muffler were recovered from the spot.
One of the witnesses, Shesh Kumar (30), said he saw the four Muslim locals tying the victim with a tree at the park and beating him mercilessly. “I tried to stop them. But they refused to listen. They said the man stole a phone from their truck,” said Kumar.
The victim was identified by police as Rahul, a resident of west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar. Members of the Hindu family said that Rahul had left home after an argument with his wife Pooja in the evening of 27 August. “He (Rahul) was released from jail on 17 August. In the evening of Thursday, we had had an argument about the rainwater getting inside our house. He picked up his bag and left home saying he would come back only after getting a job,” said Pooja.
“Rahul was jailed multiple times. I started looking for him on Friday morning. Assuming the cops might have picked him up, I went to the police station around 11 AM. Later, I was told that he was killed,” Pooja added.
The four accused were identified by police as Mushtaq Ahmed, Shiraj Ahmed, Anees and Ishtihar. “The accused said that Rahul and his accomplice had stolen the mobile phone from Siraj’s truck and fled. The accused later caught hold of the deceased, took him to an adjoining park, tied him with a tree and thrashed him to death,” said deputy commissioner of police (West) Deepak Purohit.