A 22-year-old man was allegedly bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat by two minors when he rebuked them after their ball hit him in north Delhi’s Sabzi Mandi area on Tuesday evening.
According to the police, Angad Gupta was on his way to a relative’s house on foot when a cricket ball hit him in the stomach. Angry, he asked the teenagers, who were playing cricket in a lane, to shift the match to a playground.
This irked the teenagers and the duo picked up an argument with Gupta. A scuffle was reported but when the other team members intervened, Gupta was let off, police said.
“Gupta reportedly slapped one of the teenagers,which angered them and they pinned him down. They however let him go when locals intervened. Later, when the two teenagers found him taking a stroll outside in a lane they cornered him again,” a senior police officer said.
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The teenagers picked up a fight with him again and attacked him with a bat they were carrying. “They hit him with the bat on their head. They hit him twice and Gupta collapsed on the ground. He started bleeding from his mouth. The boys then fled from the spot,” a police officer said.
Locals gathered in the area and called the police. Some even tried to chase the boys but they managed to escape. The locals helped police rush Gupta to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, police said.
“He sustained a head injury, which led to his instant death. We sent the body for postmortem examination to ascertain the exact cause of death. We registered an FIR under sections of culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” a senior police officer said.
Teams were formed to apprehend the boys. “They went into hiding but with the help of our local sources we were able to apprehend them from Roshnara Bagh on Wednesday morning. The bat has also been seized,” a senior police officer said. The teens will be produced before the juvenile justice board.