Locals booked for thrashing Nigerian burglar in S Delhi
New Delhi: The Delhi police has booked some residents of Malviya Nagar in South Delhi for thrashing a man of African origin who was allegedly caught red handed stealing from the almirah of one of the residents.
However, after the owner of the house raised an alarm and alerted others on the building, the African national was caught when he was trying to jump over the roof of another building. The mob gathered and soon he was thrashed brutally with sticks and kicks by the residents. The police arrived and booked the African identified as Ahmed on charges of theft. He was immediately arrested after the medical examination on September 24.
"Initially, he refused to reveal his identity but later divulged his name as Ahmad, residing in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi and original resident of Nigeria. The suspect was found in possession of wire cutter and a bag with master keys," said Additional DCP South Chinmoy Biswal.
However, the case again came alive after a mobile video of the brutal thrashing of the African national went viral and questions were raised over the police action, since no FIR immediately was filed against the residents for manhandling a foreign national.
The cops later registered a fresh FIR under section 308 of IPC when the media took over the case. The cops arrested one of the accused involved in thrashing the foreigner. The cops have also identified the other four. The arrested person is the same man who lodged an FIR against the African for theft.
Clarifying the delay in registering an FIR for thrashing the African, the cops said that the African has not stated that he has been manhandled.