Burglar bludgeoned with hockey stick

A burglar died after being confronted and thrashed with a hockey stick by three members of a family, including a woman, in outer Delhi’s Rohini early on Wednesday.

A man and his son have been arrested. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras installed at their house in Rohini sector-8.

“The robber succumbed to his injuries at Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Vikramjit Singh.

In his statement, property dealer Trilok Chand Jain told the police that his family was sleeping when they heard noises around 1 am. Jain, his wife Radha and their son Aman found the man in their house.

“The three family members then confronted the burglar and left him with fatal injuries. A hockey stick was used to thrash the intruder,” Singh added.

A short time later, the man lost consciousness and the police were informed.Jain himself went to the police station to file a complaint. He claimed that the family members attacked in self-defence.

A police team went to the house and found the man lying in a pool of blood. He was taken to hospital in a police control room van.

“The man had injury marks on his head, right leg and left elbow. He died during treatment,” Singh said. He is yet to be identified. The investigating team checked the CCTV footage and saw the man entering the house. The attack with the hockey stick was also seen in the footage.

Two cases have been filed after the incident with Rohini North police station. Jain and his son have been named as accused under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “The father-son duo has been arrested in the case,” Singh added.

The hockey stick was recovered from the house. Jain’s wife was also involved in the attack, but no action has been taken against her so far. The second FIR is on the basis of Jain’s statement. The charges are under section 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 457 (house-trespass) of the IPC.

The police have preserved the man’s body for post-mortem. It will be conducted only after he is identified. His photographs have been shared with all police stations.

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