New Delhi: A 28-year-old man allegedly strangled his friend to death after an altercation between them while they were having liquor together in Southwest Delhi’s Baba Hari Dass Nagar area. The deceased, identified as Sumit Sharma (24), was allegedly strangled by the accused Naresh with a piece of cloth used for turbans and later his neck was pressed with a big stone until he died on the intervening night of December 5 and 6, said a senior police officer.
Naresh was arrested on Tuesday evening from his sister’s house in a village in Chhawla in southwest Delhi, he added.
According to the police, Sumit had gone out with his three friends to have liquor on December 5 and the next day, his body was found lying in a vacant plot. Sumit was last seen roaming with his three friends Naresh, Lavish and Suresh on December 5, the police said. When they were having liquor, an argument broke out between Naresh and Sumit over the mention of some person, said the officer. “Naresh lost his temper and he allegedly murdered Sumit in a brutal way. The accused has three cases of murders pending against him,” he added.
The accused allegedly smashed Sumit’s face with a stone so that he couldn’t be identified.
Police is also questioning Lavish and Suresh to ascertain their involvement.
“His friends are saying that they weren’t involved in the brutal act. They were scared of Naresh that he would kill them also and didn’t raise an alarm. Prima facie, it looks that they weren’t involved,” the officer added.