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Accused of theft, African national thrashed in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar

Locals alleged they had caught the African national while he was breaking into a house in Savitri Nagar. The man, swollen and bleeding, was later sent to jail.

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2017 8:04:52 pm
The video shows one of the men from the mob hitting the African national with a stick. (Screengrab: ANI)

An African national was tied to a pole and beaten allegedly by locals in Malviya Nagar on September 24, with the video of the incident going viral on Monday. Locals alleged they had caught the man while he was breaking into a house in Savitri Nagar. The man, swollen and bleeding, was later sent to jail.

The house owner, Krishan Kumar, told police that he woke up to the sound of his almirah being opened, after which he raised an alarm. Kumar claimed that the man tried to exit the building from the main gate, but was intercepted by two of Kumar’s brothers, Prem Chand and Madan Singh.

Locals who had gathered at the spot then allegedly tied him to a pole and assaulted him with wooden sticks. Three videos purportedly of the incident show the ban begging for mercy and bleeding, even as locals rained down blow after brutal blow on him. Krishan’s daughter Ankita claimed, “He entered the house from the terrace on the fourth floor carrying a bag with some tools. He came into my father’s bedroom and was trying to look for money when my father woke up.”

Eyewitnesses said more than 40 people had gathered at the spot and the assault went on for about an hour — till the police finally arrived.

Police said they are looking into the authenticity of the videos.

Kumar, in his complaint, said, “The man was trying to escape and he slipped. My brothers and some locals caught him outside the main gate.”

After he was caught, locals allegedly tied him to a pole and hurled abuses at him. Some of them fetched wooden sticks and handed it over to two people from the crowd, who started beating him.

“Where were you? Why are you here so late?” one the members from the crowd asks him as the beating begins.

“I apologise. Please leave me,” he pleads as one man responds: “Ab kya karenge tere sorry ka? Koi compromise nahi hoga.”

The man stands at the pole with his hands placed on his waist while the mob rummages through his pockets. Eventually, the beating begins. One person lifts the man’s feet while two others strike his soles. He takes several hits to the hands and feet, and also starts bleeding from the head.

The beating stopped after a PCR call was made and the police team reached the spot and took him to the hospital. He was later charged under Sections 380 (theft ), 457 (lurking house trespass or house break-in by night) and 511 (punishment for attesting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life). He was produced before a court and sent to jail. Police said they have picked up several members from the mob along with the owner of the house and are questioning them.

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