Staff Reporter

Two marriages were taking place in the same banquet hall

NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old boy was killed and two of his friends were injured when a group of men attacked them at a marriage venue in Rohini in the early hours of Thursday.

According to the police, the incident took place at Maharaja Agrasen Bhavan marriage hall at Sector-8 in Rohini. Recounting the incident, Naresh Kumar, father of the deceased Anil Kumar, said his son and five of his friends had gone to attend the wedding of his friend Pankaj's sister.

The marriage of Pankaj's sister was taking place on the upper floor of the marriage hall while another marriage ceremony was on at the ground floor.

Mr. Kumar, a businessman living in Trinagar, said Anil and his friends decided to return home only after the rituals were over a couple of hours past midnight.

In the meantime, a dispute broke out between the two parties in the marriage being held on the ground floor. It took a violent turn and the `halwai' was reportedly beaten up.

"Anil and his friends were on their way home when they realised that their vehicle was running low on fuel. They checked out a couple of petrol pumps but they were closed. They then returned to the marriage venue," said Mr. Kumar.

By then, the situation in the other wedding function had worsened with a group of young men, armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons, reaching there to "sort out the matter". They caught hold of Anil and his friends and asked them whether they were from the groom's side or the bride's side.

As soon as Anil and his friends told them that they were from the bride's side, the armed young men began thrashing them. Anil and two of his friends, Aman Sharma and Rohit, got caught while other three went upstairs to seek help.

"Anil bled to death before his friends could take him to hospital," said Mr. Kumar. The condition of Rohit and Aman was reported to be stable.