March 13, 2009 11:32:46 pm
Holi revelry claimed the life of a man who was stabbed by four others after he objected to them throwing colours on his employers wife. Police said the incident took place on Wednesday near Lions Hospital in New Friends Colony of South East Delhi.
All four accused Krishnan,Ravi and two 17-year-old boys have been arrested. Krishnan and Ravi worked as safai karamcharis. All the accused lived in the same locality.
According to the police,25-year-old Rahisuddin,a tailor,was on his way to Taimur Nagar with his employer,Siraj Ahmed,on his motorcycle when the incident took place. Ahmeds wife and another relative,Sajid,were following them in a cycle-rickshaw. When they reached Lions Hospital,a few boys who were playing Holi on the road threw colours on Ahmeds wife.
After Rahisuddin stopped the bike,Ahmed pulled up the boys for throwing colours on a woman who was not interested in playing Holi. This led to an argument between the two parties, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Shalini Singh.
As Rahisuddin and Sajid tried to pacify them,Krishnan (20) took out a knife and stabbed Rahisuddin in the stomach. The accused fled after Ahmed raised an alarm.
Ahmed first rushed an injured Rahisuddin to Lions Hospital,from where he was referred to the Safdarjung Hospital,which then sent him to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. He was declared dead on arrival,the police said.
After the hospital informed the police,a team headed by Inspector Brijender Singh rushed to the crime scene. During investigation,the Ravis name came up who said it was Krishnan who had stabbed Rahisuddin.
While Ravi and Krishnan are now in the custody of New Friends Colony police,the 17-year-olds have been sent to a juvenile home.
The police said Rahisuddins body was handed over to his relatives after post-mortem. Originally from Meerut,he had been working in Ahmeds tailoring shop,Honey Money Top Shop,in Zakir Nagar for the last 11 years. He lived in Taimur Nagar and is survived by his wife and two children.
Boy beaten to death
In another fight over playing colours,a Class XI student was allegedly beaten to death in Nihal Vihar area of West Delhi. Police said Sonu (18) and his friends were playing Holi in their compound when a few boys from the locality warned them not to throw colours on outsiders. This led to an altercation and the boys started hurling stones at Sonu and his group and also beat him up with rods. His mother Patassi Devi (46),too,sustained injuries as she came to rescue him. The police said the accused fled after injuring Sonu on the head. He was then taken to the RML Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. His father,a labourer,identified the accused as Sunil,Harish,Rakesh and Manoj,but the police are yet to confirm the charges.
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