Delhi Man Killed Over Honking; No Communal Angle, Police Say

A 27-year-old man died while his friend was critically injured after a fight broke out with a group of three men over the honking of their motorbike in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 October, 2022 9:41 pm IST
Sensing the situation was tense, local police and two companies of paramilitary personnel were deployed in the locality

A 27-year-old man died while his friend was critically injured after a fight broke out with a group of three men over the honking of their motorbike in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area. The incident took place on October 13. However, the victim succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.

After his death, the relatives of the deceased Nitesh Kumar, along with the residents, held a protest demanding justice. They also blocked Shadipur Road. Sensing the situation was tense, local police and two companies of paramilitary personnel were deployed in the locality.

While posts on social media suggest Kumar became a victim of communal tension in the area, the police clarified that there was no communal angle. They also requested people not to believe rumours.

Police also said the victim had a previous criminal record. It has also been stated that Kumar was a worker of Bajrang Dal.

Police said on the intervening night of October 12 and 13, local police had got information about a quarrel in Shadipur of Ranjit Nagar. By the time police reached the spot, the injured Kumar and his friend Alok (28) were already taken to RML Hospital.

Based on MLC and inspection of the crime scene, a case under section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) IPC was registered. During the investigation, CCTV footage of the area was obtained and the alleged persons have been identified as Adnan, Ujefa and Abbas, all residents of Ranjit Nagar.

“Today (Sunday) the injured Nitesh succumbed to injuries and section 302 (murder) of the IPC has been added to the case. Efforts are on to trace and apprehend the accused persons who are absconding,” DCP (Central) Shewta Chauhan said.

“The scuffle took place on the issue of honking by the alleged bikers. No communal angle in this matter has come to notice during the investigation,” DCP (Central) Chauhan added. She also requested people not to believe rumours.

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