A 24-year-old man was tied to an electric pole and lynched by a group of people for allegedly robbing a truck driver in northwest Delhi’s Bhalswa Dairy area Sunday. The family of the victim, Rafikul, alleged the assailants beat him to death in front of his wife.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Vijay Singh said they have registered a case of murder and arrested six persons — the truck driver Ramakant Pandey, Pawan, Rajkumar Mishra, Kasturi Lal, Ritesh Shukla and Bittoo. A case of robbery has also been registered, said police.
The incident took place in the morning. Ramakant had gone to an isolated field near in Bhalswa Dairy area to relieve himself when a few persons, including Rafikul, allegedly assaulted him at knifepoint and robbed him of Rs 5,000. The attackers also slashed his left hand when he tried to resist them, said sources.
While Ramakant managed to pin down Rafikul, the others fled the scene. He then called his friends, Pawan and Rajkumar, who work in a godown nearby. The three began to beat Rafikul with sticks. A few more people joined them soon , said a source.
One of the assailants asked Rafikul to call his family and get the money. “I received a call from my husband at about 11 am. He was crying and screaming that some people were beating him up. I ran along with my sister to the spot, which is not very far from our house,” said Rafikul’s wife Phool Jahan.
“When I got there, I saw my husband tied to an electric pole and a group of persons beating him. I shouted and begged them to leave him but they kept beating him till he died,” said Jahan.
“One of the assailants asked me to bring Rs 5,000. When I told them that we were very poor, they tried to pull me into a room in a nearby factory,” she said. Her sister then called up police. Jahan also alleged the assailants slashed her husband’s wrists.
“We were allowed to take him to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital when police arrived. But he was dead by then,” said Rehmatulla, Rafikul’s brother-in-law. Rizwana, Jahan’s neighbour, said, “Police came an hour after the call was made. He could have been saved otherwise.”
DCP Singh said Rafikul was arrested in a robbery case in 2011 and released on bail. He added that several truck drivers had reported robberies from the area.
On the lynching, Singh said, “Police were not informed when Rafikul was caught. When the call was made, a team from the local police station rushed to the spot and took him to the hospital. We are investigating if more people were involved in the incident.”
Rafikul, a ragpicker, is survived by his wife and three children, Sania (7), Arman (3) and two-month-old Imran.