The young group in an inebriated state allegedly did not like his “tone and body language”
The Hush Post: Directions for a cigarette shop in the middle of the night led to a murder in Delhi on Sunday night. A 29-year-old man was killed and his cousin critically wounded after both of them were stabbed by a group of inebriated men. The reason for the attack was that the drunk men did not like their “tone” when asking directions for a cigarette shop in outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar, the police said.
The four suspects, aged between 18 and 23, were caught within hours of the murder that took place around 1.30 am on Sunday, Rajneesh Gupta, DCP (Rohini) told The Hindustan Times. One of the suspects is a juvenile.
The two persons assaulted were cousins and employed at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. The deceased, identified as Rahul, worked on ad-hoc basis in the malaria department of JNU. His injured cousin Naveen is a lab assistant at JNU.
According to the DCP, Rahul was visiting his 28-year-old cousin Naveen in Vijay Vihar. “They had a small party at home and had drinks. Around 1.30 am, the two cousins walked out of their home to purchase cigarettes,” said the officer.
They came across four men who were drinking outside. When Rahul asked them for directions to a shop that would be open at that time, the other group allegedly did not like his “tone and body language”.
A heated exchange ensued between the two groups during which one of the arrested men allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Rahul in his chest. When Naveen tried to save his cousin, he was stabbed in his back.
The assailants then fled the spot, leaving the two men bleeding on the road. A passer-by called up the police. They were rushed to a hospital where Rahul was declared brought dead.