Petty fight turns fatal for Jal Board worker

Petty fight turns fatal for Jal Board worker

A 36-year-old Delhi Jal Board employee died after being stabbed by four motorcycle-borne assailants in northwest Delhi’s Ashok Vihar late on Friday.

He was involved in a scuffle with the assailants when they intervened in an argument that he was having with two of his colleagues. The three DJB employees were in an inebriated condition when they argued over drinking more alcohol, police said on Saturday.

Bharat Bhushan worked as a beldar with the DJB and lived with his wife and two children in outer Delhi’s Alipur. Bharat’s body was handed over to his family after autopsy on Saturday. His family alleges that delay by police in providing immediate medical attention led to his death.

“Bharat sustained two stab wounds in his thighs and died during treatment at Sushruta Trauma Centre at around 4.30 am on Saturday,” said a police officer.

On Saturday, his family members and relatives kept the body on a road in central Delhi’s Jhandewalan and demanded justice from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi.

Police, however, refuted the allegations saying that locals had rushed Bharat to a private hospital before they were informed about the incident. “Bharat was rushed to Sushruta Trauma Centre after his condition deteriorated at the private hospital,” the officer added. 

On Friday, Bharat was on duty at DJB’s office in Ashok Vihar. At 10 pm, a complaint related to a fault in water supply was received from a residential colony. Bharat and his colleagues Bhagwan Das and Gajendra Pal were told to attend it.

“The three DJB beldars reached the spot of the complaint. Though they were already drunk, one of them brought another bottle of alcohol and they again consumed alcohol. An argument broke out between Bharat and Bhagwan over Bhagwan demanding more alcohol,” the officer said.

In the meantime, four men on two motorcycles arrived there and tried to intervene. Bhagwan and Gajendra told police that Bharat abused the motorcyclists and asked them to leave. “Bharat’s behaviour irked the motorcyclists, which led to a scuffle.

They stabbed Bharat and fled when he collapsed,” the officer added.

A murder case has been registered over Bhagwan and Gajendra’s statements with Bharat Nagar police station.

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