New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a 40-year- old dentist was dragged out of his house and beaten to death with bats, iron roads and hockey sticks in Vikaspuri area of West Delhi by a group of 12 people following an argument over a bike grazing the doctor’s child.
The incident took place on Wednesday night when dentist Pankaj Narang was playing cricket with his eight-year-old son and a nephew outside his residence. Police today said five persons including a middle-aged woman were arrested and four juveniles were apprehended in the case.
According to police, Narang took out his son and nephew to play cricket to celebrate India’s one-run victory over Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 tournament. When they were playing, the cricket ball rolled out on to the road and Narang’s eight-year-old son had gone to collect it.
Then, Naseer (23) and a minor, both residents of a nearby slum cluster, sped past on a motorcycle which grazed the child, triggering a scuffle between the doctor and the bike- borne youths.
However, after around 10 minutes, the duo came with around 10 people and dragged Narang from his house and attacked him with bats, iron rods and hockey sticks.
Witnesses said people who had gathered attempted to intervene, but they were also thrashed by the group. Police said Narang died on the way to hospital. The group also severely thrashed the doctor’s brother-in-law.
Naseer and the three other youths, Amir, Ameer and Gopal, all aged around 20 years, were arrested. The police arrested Naseer’s mother Maesar too who, police said, instigated his son and others to beat the doctor.
She was seen attacking the doctor in CCTV grab as well.
Narang’s wife is also a doctor. His sister, brother-in-law and their son had come to his place for Holi celebrations.
Locals informed the police about the incident around 12.45 AM but the accused had fled by the time a police team reached the spot.
Doctors told police that Narang received a deep wound on his Cranium, the part of the skull enclosing the brain.
“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.
After a search operation, eight persons were apprehended yesterday, of whom four including the bike-borne minor who was with Naseer turned out to be juvenile.
Further interrogation revealed that Maesar allegedly instigated the violence, provoking his son to beat up the doctor, the police official said, adding two more persons have been identified but they are absconding.
Meanwhile, police have provided security to the doctor’s family and several officials were deployed outside his residence today.