Gurgaon Police are on the lookout for a lawyer who allegedly assaulted his neigbour’s Nepalese domestic help, who later committed suicide, said sources. The domestic help, Keshav (21), broke the lawyer’s flower pot while reversing his employer’s car and that allegedly led to the assault, added the sources.
Keshav’s employer, businessman Deepak Malhotra, spotted him hanging from a fan in his room Sunday evening, a few hours after the alleged beating, said police. Keshav had recently taken up employment in Malhotra’s house in DLF Phase 1, added the police.
Police registered a case against the lawyer under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of a complaint by another domestic help, Vishnu, who lives in the same building. “The post-mortem has been conducted and we are awaiting reports. Police are conducting raids to nab the accused,” said Deepak Saharan, DCP (East).
According to the complaint, Keshav reversed his employer’s car into the lawyer’s flower pot at about 3pm on Sunday. “The moment he (Keshav) came back after cleaning my car, our neighbour called him down and starting thrashing him outside his house,” said Malhotra. The businessman alleged the lawyer abused him when he intervened to stop the beating.
Based on what Malhotra told the police, an official said, “After the beating, Keshav went to his room on the terrace of the house and, apparently, locked himself up. When he did not come down for several hours, the businessman went to his room but found it shut from inside. He went to another neighbour’s terrace and spotted Keshav’s body hanging in his room.”
As the news of Keshav’s death spread, members of the Nepalese community in Gurgaon kept his body outside the lawyer’s house and demanded the police take action. Later, the police took the body for post-mortem.
Balkrishna Pandey of Maiti Nepal NGO said the police have arranged for Keshav’s body to be sent to his hometown.
“We have informed the Nepal Embassy about the incident and they have assured a proper inquiry will be done into the incident,” added Pandey. Keshav’s brother died in a car accident in Gurgaon last year, said Pandey.
Keshav is survived by his mother and two sisters who work as labourers in Nepal, said sources.