In a heart-wrenching incident, an 18-year-old student of Delhi University was beaten to death allegedly over his friendship with a girl belonging to a different religion in Adarsh Nagar. The shocking incident took place on Wednesday evening in Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar, said police.
However, two people, including the girl’s brother, have been arrested and three others apprehended, police said on Friday. The accused have been identified as Manwar Hussain, Mohammad Afroz and Sarfaraz.
The deceased was identified as Rahul Rajput who was a second-year student in Delhi University’s School of Open Learning. He used to give tuition to school students, they added.
According to the police, the victim had a friendship with a girl from his locality but her family was against the friendship. On Wednesday evening, the victim was called to Nanda Road on the pretext of tuition, and when he reached the spot, he was physically attacked allegedly by a group of four-five people, including the girl’s brothers, a senior police officer said.
He endured severe injuries in the attack and was rushed to a hospital, where he lost his life during the course of treatment, the officer said.
“The deceased did not have any visible injury. A post-mortem examination was conducted, and the doctor opined that rupturing of the spleen led to his death,” said Vijayanta Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest).
A case was registered under section 302 (murder) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code based on a statement of an uncle of the deceased, she said, adding that two men were arrested.
The uncle of the deceased said in his statement that his nephew and the girl knew each other for about two years. They lived in the same locality but the girl’s parents, and especially her brothers, were against the friendship, he added.
“On Wednesday, around 7 pm, I got a call from my friend who informed us that four-five people were beating up my nephew. When I reached the place, I found that my nephew was being beaten up brutally by the girl’s brothers and their associates. They slapped, punched and kicked him,” he mentioned in his complaint.
The victim’s uncle also alleged that the accused had earlier threatened his nephew. The police have launched an investigation into the matter and personnel have been deployed in the locality to avoid any tension between the families.