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Before he went to sleep on Sunday night, 28-year-old Delhi University assistant professor Hitesh Kumar Verma reprimanded his younger brother Himanshu, 24, for not studying for his exam. In the hours that followed, Himanshu’s anger grew — till he allegedly picked up a dumbbell at 2.30 am and smashed his brother’s head with it, police said.
He then flung his brother’s body from the window into a drain, police said.
Following the murder, which took place at Hitesh’s rented accommodation in Burari’s Bengali Colony, Himanshu woke up everyone in his building and concocted a story about four men barging into their home and killing his brother, police said.
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Police said Himanshu also made a PCR call at 3 am. Hitesh was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Hitesh taught Sanskrit in PGDAV College in South Campus, while Himanshu was pursuing Master’s in Sanskrit from Shivaji College in Rajouri Garden.
Police said they found loopholes in Himanshu’s story during interrogation. “There was just one entrance on the ground floor, where the landlord lives, and the house was found locked. There were no signs of forced entry. Plus there was no motive and Himanshu was unharmed,” said a police officer.
Police said Himanshu kept changing his version, before finally confessing to killing his brother. According to police, Himanshu told them that his brother was very controlling and forced him to do things that he did not want.
The interrogation also revealed that Himanshu was short-tempered and felt jealous of his brother’s lifestyle, police said.
“Himanshu told us that Hitesh used to control him and asked him to study and follow a proper routine, which irked him. Plus, Hitesh would not give him enough money. On Sunday night, Himanshu said, Hitesh scolded and kicked him when he found that he was not studying for Monday’s exam. While Himanshu listened to his brother at the time, he could not control his anger,” said a senior police officer.