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Shielding daughter, rickshaw puller beaten to death in West Delhi

A 54-year-old rickshaw puller was mercilessly beaten to death on Wednesday night for standing up to five men who allegedly verbally abused his eldest daughter Kiran (24) in his presence in west Delhi. His younger daughter Radha (19), who tried to shield her father, was also allegedly beaten up severely by the accused.


The deceased, identified as Parasram, was working as a rickshaw puller and part-time mason in Tilak Nagar area. Three of the accused, identified as Kanta Prasad (45), Asharam (40) and Babu (18), were arrested while two others, Puran and Virjan, are still absconding, said police. The incident was reported from D block Tilak Vihar jhuggi cluster on Wednesday night.


On Thursday Kiran's blood-spattered kameez and a howling Sampat, the deceased's wife, were the only remnants of the horror that struck the family on Wednesday night. "My father had just eaten his dinner and was standing outside our dwelling when these men who were drunk called out to him, saying 'Dekho sher baahar khada hai' and passed comments at me. Angered by their behaviour, my father retorted. Immediately they came running towards him and picked up stones, wooden rods, and anything else they could lay their hands on and started beating him. When my sister Radha tried to come to his rescue, they beat her up as well. He managed to drag himself to some distance where he was again attacked while he helplessly tried to pull himself towards our dwelling down the road. He was the only earning member in the family," said a despairing Kiran.


Parasram was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where he was declared brought dead. "He had a fatal injury on the back of his head from a stone. He was also bruised at various other places in his body. He could not survive the severe beating," said a senior police officer. Radha, meanwhile, suffered injuries on her right arm and head. "All the fingers of my hand are broken. But the pain is nothing compared to the grief of losing bapu," she wept.


Deputy commissioner of police (west) V Renganathan said, "We have launched a manhunt for the absconding accused. They were labourers in the area. A case was registered on the complaint of the deceased's son Ravi and three of them were immediately nabbed."


According to Kiran, this was not the first instance where she had been targeted by the men. "A fortnight ago, I had been beaten up and manhandled by two of these men and some women as well. They had tore at my clothes and bruised me severely. My father had intervened that day and saved me and it had struck a sore chord with these men since that day," she claimed. She alleged that two others were also involved in the incident but they have not been named in the FIR.


A case under section 302 (murder) and 325 (causing grievous hurt) has been registered in Tilak Nagar police station. Parasram is survived by his wife and five children - Kiran (24), Manju (21), Radha (19), Ravi (16) and Rahul (9). They are natives of Mahoba in Khas Kharela in Uttar Pradesh and have been working in Delhi for the past 20-odd years.


TNN, Feb 17, 2011

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