TWO BROTHERS aged 21 and 17 were murdered, allegedly by a family of four, in Noida’s Barola village on Monday. Umesh Sharma and his younger brother Yogesh were found lying in a pool of blood next to a drain located near the house of the accused. Noida Police has arrested three members of the family, while one is said to be absconding.
The murders prompted protests outside Sector 49 police station, as an angry crowd asked police to arrest the family. Police had initially arrested Omkar Singh and his wife. Later in the evening, their son Gulshan was arrested from Baghpat, while his brother Jitender is absconding. Police said the brothers accused of the murder had several confrontations with Umesh and Yogesh, though the immediate provocation is yet to be ascertained. The family of the victims said in their complaint that the “two groups had initially confronted each other over a game of cricket over two months ago, but things were eventually sorted out by the locals”.
According to police, Omkar Singh had made the PCR call and informed police that he found two bodies lying near his house. “By the time police reached the location, the brothers had already been taken to the hospital by locals. They were declared dead on arrival,” said DSP Awneesh Kumar.
Soon after, locals protested outside the police station and raised allegations that the brothers were killed by the family.
Police said that the murders took place when Umesh had returned from his computer coaching classes and later retreated to his house to meet relatives. He received a call after which he reportedly went to meet the accused at their house, police said. His younger brother was attending a birthday party nearby when he answered his brother’s frantic calls, asking him to save him, police said.
Both brothers died of stab wounds. The accused have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 120(b) (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC.