New Delhi: An argument over buying curd claimed the life of a young electrician who was stabbed allegedly by two men, including a teenaged ITI student, in outer Delhi, police said today.
This is the third incident of its kind in the capital where people were fatally attacked on sudden provocation in the past two days. The other incidents involved tiffs over a screwdriver and collision between two cars.
The incident took place in Samaipur Badli at around 9:30 PM last night and the victim has been identified as Mukesh Kumar (21), residing in the same locality, a senior police official said.
Kumar and his nephew Rahul (17) had gone to a shop where they entered into an argument with Naval Kishore (19), the ITI student, and Nitin Aggarwal, a mobile shop owner. All of them reside in Samaipur Badli.
Both the groups had gone to buy curd from the shop.
"Kishore asked the shopkeeper for curd. When the shopkeeper enquired about the quantity he wanted, Kishore replied they wanted all the curd that was available in the shop.
"On this, the shopkeeper asked them what they will do with so much curd and they replied that they will throw it in the drain and that he has no business to enquire about it. Then Mukesh intervened and asked them why they were harassing the shopkeeper," Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said.
Kishore got enraged over Mukesh's remarks and started using filthy language besides manhandling him.
"Aggarwal caught hold of Mukesh and Kishore brought a screwdriver from a nearby house where wooden work was going on and attacked Mukesh on his chest," Sharma said.
Kishore and Aggarwal were arrested by policemen who were patrolling the area.
Mukesh was rushed to Ambedkar Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. A case of murder has been registered.
Earlier on Monday, 17-year-old Bilal was stabbed to death in Jafrabad by four men after he could not give them a screwdriver "which he did not have". His elder brother Afzal, who was also attacked, is battling for life in a hospital.
In another incident reported yesterday, a 37-year-old restuarant manager lost his life in the national capital when a pilot allegedly ran his car over him after their vehicles collided in Khan Market.
Fifteen per cent of the 519 murders reported in the capital last year were due to sudden provocation on trivial issues.
The "trivial" reasons for murder last year included issue of burning fire crackers in a marriage, dispute during cricket match, quarrel among children, taking water from pipeline, lighting beedi at a shop and refusal to serve a particular brand of wine.