Delhi Man Dies Days After Father Killed in Brawl Over Water

On 17 March, a 60-year-old man named Lal Bahadur was beaten to death during a brawl over water sharing.

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An 18-year-old boy, whose father was beaten to death in northwest Delhi’s Wazirpur area over a water sharing dispute last month, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday, 11 April, The Indian Express reported. On Thursday, the family protested with his body on the outer Ring Road and demanded action, the report added.

No external injury was found on the body of the boy, identified as Rahul Bahadur. A post-mortem has been conducted and we are waiting for the autopsy report. 
DCP (north-west) Aslam Khan to Indian Express

Family members of the boy told police that he too had sustained injuries during the fight. The family has demanded Rs 5 lakh as compensation and a job for a family member, IANS reported.

On 17 March, the 60-year-old man named Lal Bahadur was beaten to death after he intervened to stop a fight between his son and a neighbour over distribution of water from a tanker, police said. All the four accused, including a juvenile, were taken into custody.

Police said the incident occurred in Wazirpur area of north Delhi around 3:30 pm as the locals were waiting for the Delhi Jal Board tanker.

As soon as the Delhi Jal Board water tanker came into the locality, over two dozens locals lined up to take water from it. However, Rohit and his neighbour Sunny indulged in a brawl over distribution of water.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Aslam Khan to IANS

"Sunny and his three associates started beating Rohit. When Rohit's father Lal Bahadur intervened and tried to pacify them, Sunny and the others began punching him and attacked him with sticks. Bahadur collapsed and was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead," Khan told IANS.

Other residents did not come forward to rescue him or call the police on time, Bahadur's nephew Ankit told IANS. "If someone had tried to save him, he could still be alive,” he added.

Reportedly, Swaraj India's Delhi chief Anupam cited the incident to attack Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying there was still shortage of potable water despite the Aam Aadmi Party government's assurance to give free water to every house.

(With inputs from IANS, Indian Express)

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