An 18-year-old student was beaten to death in Delhi allegedly over his relationship with a girl, police has said. Five people have been taken into police custody in the case, including three minors.
Rahul, the 18-year-old who has died, was a resident of west Delhi's Adarsh Nagar. Moments before he was attacked, he was seen on a security footage with the girl.
"During investigation, we found that the boy, who was a resident of Jahangirpuri, was friends with a girl and her family was against it. Her brother and other family members thrashed the boy over this and he died due injuries," senior police officer Vijayanta Arya told reporters.
"Rahul was a tuition teacher and he taught students at home. He was a second-year student of Bachelor of Arts. He was attacked by over 8-10 men, and despite attempts to save him by some people around, they continued to thrash him," Rahul's father said.
A CCTV footage from October 7 (Tuesday) shows Rahul - out on a street with the girl - when he was believed to have been called by some people for tuition. As he covered some distance on foot, he was thrashed badly; he died at a hospital later due to injuries. The girl's family was against the relationship because the two families are from different communities, according to cops.
He is said to have died due to severe internal injuries, as per the autopsy report.
Reacting to the 18-year-old's death, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said: "The family had come from a village to settle here. The boy used to teach and help others. We will ensure that those responsible get punished as soon as possible."
"The family is traumatised at the moment. We are giving a financial help of Rs 10 lakh to them. We will make sure that prominent lawyers help them. The family wants justice. We want to set an example so that this doesn't happen with anyone else," he added.
Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta met the family of the student today and appealed to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to give a compensation of Rs 1 crore to them.