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Five murders in Delhi


New Delhi : Notwithstanding the Delhi Police’s claim that heinous crimes were down in the capital since the last six months, five people, including a woman, were found murdered in the city in the past 24 hours.

A 55-year-old man was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his house in Sangam Vihar of South Delhi area, police said Friday.

“Pappu Kumar was found lying dead with blood oozing out of his head at his house Friday morning,” said a senior police officer.

The body was noticed by Santosh, the grandson of Pappu Kumar, when he went to meet his house and found the doors were open and his grandfather was lying on the floor. “I saw him in a pool of blood,” said Santosh, who lives in a neighbouring house.

“We rushed to the spot and rushed him to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination,” said the officer.

Police have registered a case. “Prima facie it seems that it was a matter of personal enmity as the house was not ransacked. However, we can’t rule out the possibility of murder during theft,” said the officer.

Delhi Police on July 2 said the crime rate in the capital has fallen in the first half of this year by 2.7 percent as compared to last year. “Crime per lakh population has decreased from last year’s rate of 313.6 to 311.23 this year,” Delhi Police chief B.K. Gupta said at a press briefing.

In the second incident, a woman was found lying dead in a park in Rohini Sector 24 in North Delhi early Friday morning, police said.

According to police, the woman, said to be aged between 25-30, was lying semi-naked. Her body has been kept at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital for identification.

“There were several injury marks on the woman’s body. Prima facie it appears that the woman was murdered and then her body was dumped here,” a police official said.

Police, however, have not ruled out the possibility of rape. A case in this regard has been filed at Begumpur police station.

“We are looking into the list of missing women and have alerted all the police stations across the city,” said the officer.

A 25-year-old man was found lying dead in a park near Vijay Vihar’s Sector 1 petrol pump in North Delhi. The police are unbale to identify the victim.

“A passerby informed us around 6 a.m. about the body and we rushed to the spot. The body had injury marks at several places,” said the officer.

The police have sent it to the Ambedkar Hospital and have formed several teams to investigate the case.

An unidentified body of a youth was found along the Ring Road near Vijay Ghat near central Delhi’s Kotwali police station.

“The incident came to light around 8.30 a.m. when a passerby spotted a man lying unconscious near Ring Road near Vijay Ghat, near Kotwali. He was rushed to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body has been kept at Sabzi Mandi mortuary,” a police officer said. There was an injury mark on the man’s neck.

In Saraswati Vihar of North Delhi, a 22-year-old youth was allegedly beaten to death by a group of three-four local ruffians Thursday night, police said.

“Dulare, along with his elder brother, Sitare, 25, and cousin Sohaib, 18, after dinner went for a walk. They were about to return to their home at when a group of ruffians walked towards them and attacked them following a heated argument,” said a police officer.

Sohaib told police that they were about to return home and were waiting for an ice-cream vendor. “Meanwhile, a group of three-four youths stopped near them. They allegedly misbehaved with them and soon a heated argument ensued. The verbal fight got intense and the other group attacked the brothers with bricks. Sohaib raised an alarm and the assailants fled, leaving the two brothers severely injured,” said the officer.

Locals rushed both of them to a nearby hospital where Dulare was declared brought dead. Sitare’s condition is said to be stable, police said.

“Prima facie it seems the incident took place on the spur of the moment. There does not seem to be any personal enmity between the victims and assailants. A hunt is on to nab the assailants,” he said.

The victim hails from Bihar’s Darbhanga district. Dulare’s father is a daily wager who along with his family has been living in I-51, JJ Colony, Shakurpur, for the past ten years.