A 52-year-old businessman was stabbed to death on Monday in Central Delhi’s Karol Bagh. The accused was arrested hours later after police identified him from CCTV footage that captured the attack.
The businessman, Ishwar Lal, suffered multiple stab injuries when Mahesh Shershia (30) attacked him outside the Rajkrishna temple, 20 metres from Lal’s house, around 7 am, police said. Lal lived in Karol Bagh’s Hathi Chowk.
Police said Shershia used to be Lal’s neighbour until around two years ago, when the accused moved to Indrapuri in Southwest Delhi. But, police said, Shershia would often visit his old locality, where he still has an office, and often get into arguments with Lal. Prima facie, it seems personal enmity led to the murder, police added.
“Lal was rushed to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Shershia was arrested from Pyarelal Road in the same area,” a senior police officer said.
Eyewitnesses said Shershia, also a businessman, arrived in Hathi Chowk around 6.50 am and smashed the windows of Lal’s Maruti Alto (DL6CL2963).
A sweeper cleaning the streets informed Lal, who had just returned to his house from his morning walk.
Lal, police said, ran outside to inspect his car. Shershia then attacked him with a kitchen knife. He repeatedly stabbed Lal, who ran into the Rajkrishna temple where he collapsed. Shershia, eyewitnesses said, drove off after the incident. A local shopkeeper rushed Lal to hospital.
Footage from the CCTV camera, which recorded the attack, helped police identify Shershia. He was arrested from Pyarelal Road around 3 pm. He has been charged with murder (Section 302 of IPC) and is being questioned, police said.
“Shershia was seen near our house on Sunday night. But we had no idea he was planning to murder my brother,” Krishna Kumar, Lal’s younger brother, said.
Kumar said Shershia used to be Lal’s neighbour. But he sold off his house and moved to Indrapuri with his wife, two daughters and mother around two years ago. When they were neighbours, Lal and Shershia would often fight over petty issues like car parking or Shershia’s alleged drinking habit, police said.
Though Shershia moved to Indrapuri, he did not sell his office next to Lal’s house. He often dropped in with his friends and hung around in the area, local residents said. On several occasions, he would get into spats with Lal, Kumar alleged.
Neighbours said some days ago, they had a quarrel. Lal had been living in the area for several years. He owns two properties in Gali No. 56 and an office in Gali No. 72, where his dry-cleaning business is based. Lal is survived by his wife, mother, a 17-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
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