A DAY after a 19-year-old resident of Sector-25, Vikas, was brutally murdered in full public view by a group of youths, his family and friends Thursday staged a massive protest on Jan Marg resulting in traffic disruption for at least four hours on that road. Traffic movement on several busy roads of the southern part of the city was also consequently hit.
Only after police arrested seven accused in the case that the family claimed the victim’s body from the PGI mortuary and performed the last rites in evening.
The post-mortem examination has revealed that Vikas died of excessive bleeding due to injuries inflicted with sharp weapons.
Around 8.30 am, several Sector 25 residents, led by Vikas’s father Tejpal, blocked traffic at Sector 24, 25, 37, 38 roundabouts. The blockade resulted in a ripple effect with traffic on at least five major parallel roads dividing Sectors 38 (west) and 38, 37-38, 36-37, 35-36 getting disrupted.
Commuters were inconvenienced through the day. The roads that were affected mainly cater to students and employees of PGI, Panjab University, Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat and Punjab Engineering College.
After blocking the roundabout for nearly three hours, the protesters marched towards Sector 24 police post and then shouted anti-police slogans outside the police post for nearly an hour. A large number of policemen were deployed at the police post to avert any law and order situation. DSP (Central) Ramgopal then pacified the mob and assured them that all accused will be arrested.
Several Punjab and Haryana High Court judges, PGI doctors and hospital’s staff members, IAS and IPS officers of Punjab and Haryana live in the area in the vicinity of the Sector 24 police post. In the evening, police finally announced that they had arrested all the seven accused, who will now be produced before the court Friday.
Apart from four minors, others arrested were indentified as Vishal, Vikas, Kuldeep aka Ashu, who work as waiters at marriage functions.
While Vikas was a matriculate who mostly stayed at home, his father Tejpal is employed as a gardener with a Chandigarh administration. The victim’s mother, Kamla Devi, is a homemaker. He also had a younger sister.
“The accused are part of liquor mafia operating in the colony. They also used to pass lewd remarks at my daughter to which Vikas had objected several times. He had even confronted Kuldeep, the prime accused, on several occasions asking Kuldeep to mend his ways. Last evening, all these accused led by Kuldeep caught hold of Vikas and assaulted him mercilessly with rods and other weapons. When Vikas attempted to save his life by running away, they chased him and eventually stabbed him to death. I want the maximum punishment for all these boys who killed my only son,” Tejpal told Chandigarh Newsline.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, DSP Ramgopal said: “We have arrested all the accused. The crime was captured on a CCTV that led to identification of all these accused. We will produce them in the court tomorrow. Further investigations are on. In case there is anybody else involved, he will also be nabbed. The weapon used in the crime has also been recovered.”