Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, a student was allegedly killed during a WWE-style fight by a group of teenagers who tried to project it as a road accident. The body of a teenager was exhumed on Monday and an autopsy conducted.
Amid tight security, police with the help of revenue authorities exhumed the body of 17-year-old Mohammed Nabeel from his grave in Barkas graveyard in the old city of Hyderabad.
A team of doctors and forensic experts conducted autopsy on the body in the graveyard. Police have arrested seven boys, all minors.
The incident occurred in Panjesha in the old city of Hyderabad early on May 3 but came to light on Sunday after the family of the victim lodged a complaint with the police.
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A boy who witnessed the fight and filmed it on his mobile phone revealed to the police how Nabeel, a 12th standard student, collapsed during the fight. The shocking visuals were beamed on television channels.
After Nabeel collapsed, the boys took him on their motorbike to the hospital but he died on the way. The group informed the family that Nabeel fell from his bike due to fits.
He said the way the boys concealed the cause of death was a serious matter and the police would probe the incident from all angles. He declined to reveal the names of the accused as all of them are minors.
A group of about 15 youngsters was reportedly present when Nabeel and another boy punched each other. The group had organised the WWE-like fight and had even placed bets on who would win.
The parents of Nabeel have demanded stringent punishment to those involved in the killing of their son.
Parliament last week passed a bill to amend the law to try juveniles charged with heinous crimes like adults.
Police are meanwhile not awaiting for the autopsy report for further action in this sensational case.
Though Nabeel died in the fight organised by a group of youngsters, they hid the actual cause and convinced his family that he suffered a bout of epileptic seizures and fell from his motorbike.
Nabeel, a student of Class 12, was laid to rest the same day. His father Mohammed Dastargir, who returned from Dubai where he works as a driver, grew suspicious when Nabeel's friends gave contradictory statements about the cause of death.
He approached police, seeking a probe into his son's death. The actual cause of Nabeel's death came to light on Sunday when a video of the deadly fight taken by a teenager was shared on Whatsapp and went viral on social media.
Police swung into action and arrested seven youngsters. Some minors were also detained.
In the video, Nabeel was seen repeatedly punched on his temple and chest by a youth identified as Owais Patel (19). Those arrested include Omer Baig (20), who had organised the fight, and Waseem Dollar (20), who was acting as referee.
Police said Nabeel was reluctant to fight but the other boys provoked him by making abusive remarks. Owais, who had earlier defeated two boys, hit 20 punches on Nabeel, who collapsed.
The boys shifted him to a private hospital in the area, where he was declared brought dead. They cooked up the story that he suffered seizures and fell from bike.
A case of death under suspicious circumstances was registered at Mir Chowk police station on Sunday. Police said it would be altered to murder case based on the autopsy report.
Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana said the accused would also be booked under Section 201 of the Indian Penal Code for causing disappearance of the evidence and giving false information.