Tiff over beer claims life

Victim stabbed at least seven times for snatching some bottles

A 20-year-old youth was stabbed to death over an argument over sharing beer with his friends in north-east Delhi’s Jyoti Nagar late on Tuesday. Police have arrested three men.

Shahwanaj, Ashraf and Nadeem were held after Kardampuri-resident Raju was found dead in a pool of blood on Wednesday.

“There were seven stab wounds on the neck of the deceased, one wound on the left side of the nose and another on the left hand,” said V V Chaudhary, additional commissioner of police (north-east).

During investigation, a massive combing operation was started to check drug addicts, alcoholics, previously convicted criminals, ruffians and other persons who were seen with Raju recently.

Police came to know that Ashraf was last seen with Raju. He was apprehended and interrogated.

“He confessed to his guilt and disclosed the planning and execution of Raju’s murder with Shahwanaj and Nadeem,” Chaudhary added.

Police said Raju had a fight with Shahnawaj a few days ago over sharing liquor.
Raju had snatched some beer bottles from Shahnawaj, due to which he held a grudge.
People had seen Shahnawaj with a knife in his hand, looking for Raju on the streets. They also heard him saying that he would kill Raju.

Late on Tuesday, Shahnawaj met Ashraf, who also wanted to settle scores with Raju for an earlier fight with him.

Both then hatched a plan to kill Raju on the same night. Both of them planned to take Raju to a secluded place to kill him.

Ashraf then contacted Raju and invited him for some drinks.
“Raju agreed and met Shahwanaj, Ashraf and one of their accomplices, Nadeem,” Chaudhary said.

When Raju got heavily drunk, the trio took him to Meet Nagar and stabbed him.

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