A 55-year-old man was beaten to death on Sunday by his neighbour and some of his friends after an argument over parking and terrace keys in Central Delhi’s West Patel Nagar, police said. The incident took place around 11.30 am.
Rajender Bhatia, the 55-year-old businessman, had reportedly parked his Hyundai Verna outside his ground-floor flat.
Police said the car allegedly blocked the way to the second-floor flat, which belonged to his neighbour and main accused, Kartik.
The building, which has three floors, is owned by Bhatia’s family. The family had sold off the second-floor flat to a man, who had then sold it to Kartik, police said.
The family said Kartik did not live there, but visited the flat periodically to keep a check.
On Sunday morning, Kartik along with associates Ashok Oberoi, Mohit Oberoi and Sonu allegedly barged into Bhatia’s flat and scolded him for not giving him a duplicate key to the terrace, police said.
“We own the terrace according to the agreement we had when we bought the building. On several occasions in the past, Kartik had threatened us for not giving him the duplicate keys to the terrace. Around 11.30 am on Sunday, he called me outside and asked for the keys. When I went inside to call my father, he barged inside and asked us to remove our car from our own parking spot. We explained that the vehicle was parked in our spot, but he and his associates beat us up. They punched my father and kicked him in the chest till he became unconsious,” Manish, Bhatia’s elder son, said.
The accused then fled, he said.
The family rushed Bhatia to the nearby BL Kapoor hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Police said they were informed by the family from hospital.
Police have registered a case of murder and arrested three of the accused.
The family alleged that there were more than 25 people who had come to assault Bhatia. “I could recognise only four of them and have given their names to police. They are Kartik, Ashok, Mohit and Sonu. Neighbours told us that Kartik and Ashok have fought with them many times. I can identify all the accused if they are brought in front of me,” Mokshit, Bhatia’s younger son, said.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Central) Alok Kumar said police had registered a case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). “We have arrested three persons. The scuffle was over terrace keys and parking. We are investigating the case.”
Two of the arrested men are property dealers and friends of main accused Kartik.