The residents of BH-Block in Shalimar Bagh are still reeling under the shock of 25 men chasing after 23-year-old Tanishk Kwatra alias Sunny, beating him up and eventually killing him on Tuesday night. Many described the 15-minute rampage as something out of a movie.
Kamal Kumar, the owner of the tour and travel shop in which Kwatra sought refuge from the killers, was stunned at what was unfolding in front of his eyes. “It all happened within a couple of minutes. An injured Sunny rushed inside my shop, but four of his attackers broke the glass door while the rest gathered around to prevent anyone from escaping,” said Kumar, who has been running the shop for the past 20 years.
After stabbing Kwatra, the accused smashed a helmet and a dustbin on his head. “They tried to throw a TV at him, but it fell down due to the short wire. However, they picked it up again and smashed it on his head. Sunny started crying for help asking people to take him to a hospital,” Kumar said. He added that the attackers harmed Pawan Gupta, who had come to collect his sister’s train tickets, despite him not making any move.
Barely 60 metres away from the shop, a solemn mood prevailed at the Kwatra residence. Relatives were contemplating the future of Sunny’s mother, who will now have to survive on her late husband’s meagre pension of Rs 2,500. The victim’s uncle, Ashok Kapoor, said that Tanishk had attended a job interview hours before being murdered.
A few houses away, Gupta’s family is ruing why they sent him out that evening. His brother, Shivam, said that Pawan was stabbed in the back, which punctured his lung. “He returned to the house with blood gushing out of his back. He asked me to take him to a doctor, but died during the operation late at night,” he added.
DCP (northwest) Aslam Khan said that four more accused have been arrested.
Tanishk Kwatra was the sole earning member of his family, and had attended a job interview hours before being murdered