A 60-year-old caretaker of an under-construction community hall was assaulted and then set on fire by a juvenile in Najafgarh area late Monday night, police said.
The accused was apprehended on Tuesday morning and a case of murder was registered against him at Najafgarh police station.
During questioning, it emerged that the caretaker, Dilip Singh, had reportedly slapped and abused the juvenile four days ago after he found him loitering around the community hall.
According to police, the juvenile planned to take revenge and went to Singh’s room late at night. “Singh, who was drunk, was lying down on his cot when the juvenile entered his room. The juvenile punched and slapped him before setting him on fire,” a senior police officer said. The juvenile then fled the spot.
Singh’s body was spotted the next morning by passersby, who made a PCR call. “No one witnessed the incident as there was no electricity in the area. No one even saw the juvenile flee. We sent the body for postmortem examination after we were alerted by the locals,” an officer said.
Singh’s family, who live just 100 metres away from where he was killed, identified his body in the morning. Initial findings in the autopsy revealed that Singh died between 3 am and 6 am.
A team was then constituted and other caretakers of the community hall, along with the labourers working in the area, were questioned. The labourers informed police that Singh had had a fight with the juvenile four days ago. The juvenile was then traced and arrested, police said.
Police said the juvenile planned to kill Singh as his “ego was hurt”. “The juvenile, who was planning to drink alcohol on the premises of the community hall four days ago, was loitering around when he was spotted by the caretaker. Singh asked the juvenile to leave and started abusing him, which is why he hatched a plan to kill Singh,” police said.