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Delhi: On objecting to urinate in public, a man was beaten to death

Delhi: On objecting to urinate in public, a man was beaten to death: A 27-year-old man was beaten to death with a cement slab allegedly by his neighbours for objecting to public urination in the Nehru Camp slum in South-East Delhi’s Govindpuri on Sunday night. The police have registered a case and begun probe.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal identified the victim as Lilu Dhakolia, a resident of Nehru Camp, had 17 criminal cases registered against him including that of robbery and snatching.

Dhakolia, a daily wage labourer, lived with his wife and four children in Nehru Camp. The incident happened when Lilu and his wife Pinky were sitting outside their house around 11:30 p.m. His wife, Pinki said, “Our neighbour Man Singh (65) came and started urinating on the street. My husband objected to it and told him not to do so as there are women living in the area. Singh got offended and told the matter to his son Neel Kamal. Irked over this, Kamal came to our house and started arguing with my husband. Soon, the argument snowballed into a fight and Singh and his wife joined Kamal and started thrashing my husband. They brought a big slab and hit my husband.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Chinmoy Biswal said, “When a 65-year-old man, who stayed in the neighbouring area, came and urinated on the street, Lilu objected and later slapped the person following an argument. Soon the two sons of the elderly man came to their father’s rescue and a fight broke between Lilu and them.”

He further added, “One of two brothers then picked up a big cement slab from the street and hit Lilu on the head with it. The accused repeatedly hit Lilu until he became unconscious. The victim was rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre where he was declared brought dead. We have identified the accused persons, who also suffered injuries during the fight. We will get them soon. The police have registered a case of murder against accused under IPC section of murder.”

Lilu sustained injuries in the attack and was rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead. The police registered a murder case and arrested Ravi, a vendor.

Local residents said they did not have access to the slum’s public toilets at nights that prompts them to use the drains flowing through the neighbourhood for relieving themselves.

Ramesh Pal, the caretaker of one of the toilets said, “Slum dwellers use the toilets at night for consuming drugs or liquor. So, we are forced to lock the toilets between 11 pm and 4 am.”