9, including 4 minors, held for beating dentist to death

The incident took place late Wednesday night, when the accused killed the dentist because his cricket ball accidentally hit two of them

New Delhi: A 40-year-old dentist was allegedly beaten to death by a group of about 12 people at his residence in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area, following which nine of them, including four juveniles and a middle-aged woman, have been apprehended, police said yesterday.

Pankaj Narang. Pic/PTI
Pankaj Narang. Pic/PTI

The incident took place late Wednesday night when dentist Pankaj Narang was playing cricket with his eight-year-old son and a nephew in a small space outside his house, a police official said. While playing, the ball allegedly hit two men who were passing by on a motorcycle. This led to a scuffle between the doctor and the duo. While one of them was identified as Naseer (23), the other was a minor, both residents of a nearby slum cluster.

After the scuffle, the duo left the spot, abandoning their motorbike there and later returned with at least 10 other people in a few minutes and the group allegedly attacked the doctor with bats, sticks and rods at his residence.

“We registered a case of murder, attempt to murder, house trespass and rioting against several persons. We also obtained CCTV footage from nearby premises which helped us ascertaining identity of the accused,” DCP (West) Pushpendra Kumar said.

Eight persons were apprehended on Thursday, of whom four turned out to be juvenile. Naseer and the three other youths, all aged around 20 years were arrested. The police arrested Naseer’s mother Maesar too.
Maesar was visible in the CCTV grab allegedly attacking the doctor. Interrogation revealed that Maesar allegedly instigated the violence, provoking her son, the police official said, adding two more persons have been identified but they are absconding.

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