A 51-year-old businessman paid with his life for complaining about a group of youths harassing his daughter in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar area.
The victim, Dhruv Raj Tyagi, had gone to the house of one of the youths with the intention of complaining about his behaviour to the youth’s parents late on Saturday night. He got into an altercation there with the youth and his father. Four people allegedly ganged up against Tyagi and his son, stabbing them multiple times. Tyagi died on Monday while his son is battling critical injuries. The main accused, his father and two youths have been arrested.
Tyagi’s ordeal began when he was returning with his 24-year-old daughter from a trip to the doctor on Saturday night. The youths passed lewd comments and made gestures at the girl. An incensed Tyagi dropped his sick daughter home and took his son with him to the house of the main culprit, Mohd Shamsher Alam, to complain to his parents.
A planned attack, say victims’ kin
The initial autopsy report says Tyagi had three fatal wounds in his liver, kidney and intestines. He died of heart failure due to severe bleeding. DCP (west) Monika Bhardwaj said a case under sections of attempt to murder was registered on Sunday, which would now be converted into a case of murder against the accused.
According to the Tyagi family, the attack took place around midnight at the WZ block of Basai Darapur village near Moti Nagar. Tyagi had gone to the doctor to get his daughter treated for migraine. On their way back, when they were turning into a lane leading to their house, the group of youths chatting at a street corner started gesturing at his daughter.
Tyagi stopped and warned them but they continued to harass the girl. “This was not the first time the youths had misbehaved. My uncle had decided to end it once and for all by complaining to their parents, hoping that this would change their behaviour,” said Amit, Tyagi’s nephew. But instead of taking his child to task, Jehangir allegedly started hurling abuses at Tyagi which led to a scuffle.
During the altercation, Alam and a few others from his group entered the house and catching hold of Tyagi, they threatened to teach him a lesson and started thrashing him. Alam picked up a knife and stabbed Tyagi a few times in his abdomen.
Meanwhile, Tyagi’s son Anmol, 19, heard his father’s calls for help and rushed in. But Anmol too was stabbed on his neck and abdomen. Both Tyagi and Anmol managed to free themselves and come out of the house. Their family members and police had reached the spot by then. “It seemed to be a planned attack as the men were ready with weapons,” said Amit.
Tyagi and Anmol were taken to a private hospital, where they were admitted to the ICU. Tyagi succumbed to his injuries on Monday afternoon. A police team from the Moti Nagar police station caught Alam and his father from the area. During interrogation, the men revealed the names of the two teenagers who were present during the assault. Cops have apprehended them from the locality. A probe revealed that Alam was earlier jailed in an attempt-to-murder case and was recently released. He has also been involved in minor cases of assault in the locality.