After some social media posts claimed that the murder of Pankaj Narang was a communal incident, Delhi Police has ruled out any such possibility, pointing out that five of the nine arrested over the incident were Hindus. Delhi Police have now approached the Cyber Investigation Wing to find the person who started the rumour on social media.
Narang, a resident of Vikaspuri, was beaten to death in front of his family members by a mob Wednesday night.
Urging people not to give the incident a “communal colour”, Deputy Commissioner of Police Pushpendra Kumar told The Indian Express, “Investigations have completely ruled out any communal angle behind the murder. People from both communities were involved in the attack on Narang”.
He added, “The incident has nothing to do with road rage either. So far, investigation has suggested that the attack was over a petty issue… The incident was very unfortunate and we are doing everything possible to bring justice to the family. I request the people not to give it a communal colour.” According to police, a message doing the rounds on social media had claimed that some “Bangladeshis”, residents of a slum cluster near Narang’s house, were responsible for his murder.
Scotching such rumours, Delhi Police clarified through a tweet Friday evening that there was no “religious angle” behind the incident. Additional Deputy Commissioner (west) Monika Bharadwaj tweeted, “4 juvenile among 9 arrested for murdered of Vikaspuri doctor. No religious angle at all, as rumored by some. We appeal you to maintain peace.”
In another tweet, she said, “Out of 9 accused person 5 r Hindu.At the moment of first scuffle, out of 2, 1 was Hindu.The Muslim accused r residents of UP, not Bangladesh (sic).”
Retweeting this, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal added, “Proud of such police officers for bringing truth out and thwarting attempts by some people to give it communal colour.”