The victim and his friend had an altercation with the two accused over a trivial matter, say Police

A young engineer was beaten to death and his friend injured by two men in Govindpuri here on Monday following a minor altercation. Both the accused have been arrested.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shailaja, who was staying on rent in the Chittranjan Park area, had gone to a roadside stall on the main road near New Gurdwara in Govindpuri for morning tea along with his friend Siddhartha in the latter's car when they entered into an altercation with Vijay and Chetan, who were also having tea at the stall.

Vijay objected to Shailaja allegedly staring at him and that led to a verbal duel. Some customers present at the stall intervened and calmed down things and Vijay and Chetan returned to their rented accommodation in Govindpuri.

“But Vijay was feeling insulted and wanted to avenge the humiliation. He along with Chetan returned to the stall a few minutes later and attacked Shailaja and Siddhartha with wooden blocks. Shailaja and Siddhartha sustained serious injuries and passed out while the two ran away,” said a senior police officer.

The police reached the spot following a call to the Police Control Room that two young men were lying unconscious near a tea stall on Main Road and took them to hospital. “Shailaja was declared brought dead at hospital while his friend was diagnosed with multiple injuries,” the officer said.

Investigation into the murder revealed that one of the assailants had been seen in the area several times and earlier studied at Acharya Narendra Dev College.

College forms checked

“The admission forms of the college were scrutinised and the photographs of some of the suspects were shown to the Siddhartha. The assailant was identified as Chetan, who had dropped out from B.SC (II) course in the college. He was arrested. It later led to the arrest of Vijay,” the police said.

Vijay, a BPO employee, originally belongs to Jalandhar in Punjab. Chetan is a native of Aligarh in UP. Siddhartha helps his sister in running a boutique.

Shailaja, a native of West Bengal, worked in Gurgaon.

  • Both the accused have been arrested
  • Accused a college drop-out and a BPO worker