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New Delhi: A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death in Hyderabad’s busy Begum Bazar area on Friday, May 20, evening by armed men allegedly over his intercaste marriage, News Minute has reported.
Five men are said to be involved in the killing, and the police have already nabbed four of them. The fifth one is on the run. The four attackers have been identified as Rohit, Ranjit, Kaushik and Vijay. They were arrested near the Telangana-Karnataka border, an India Today report said.
This latest incident comes nearly a fortnight after a Dalit man was beaten and then stabbed to death in the city for allegedly marrying a Muslim woman against her family’s wishes.
In the latest incident, the deceased, Neeraj Panwar, was attacked in the Begum Bazar fish market at around 7:30 pm on Friday. According to the eyewitness accounts, he was on his two-wheeler with his father when the attackers accosted him with knives, injuring him badly. He was rushed to a hospital nearby where he was declared brought dead.
Neeraj was married to Sanjana in April last year after the latter’s family opposed their union. Sanjana told News Minute that she suspected the role of her cousin (brother) in the killing of her husband, and sought death penalty for the assailants.
Neeraj’s father said there were no threats to his son before the deadly attack, but linked his killing to his intercaste marriage.
“My son married outside his caste last year in April and the couple has a two-and-a-half-month-old son. Five people attacked my son due to his love affair. He did not receive any threats but we informed the police about the matter. We approached police a year ago seeking protection,” India Today quoted the victim’s father as saying.
“Around 7:30 pm today, we were returning from our relatives’ shop and within a span of five minutes, the assailants stabbed my son to death,” the father said, recounting the incident.
The News Minute report said CCTV footage from a shop nearby at the market showed a few men with weapons resembling knives and sickles hitting the man driving a two-wheeler, suspected to be Neeraj, before the attackers fled the spot.
The police sent Neeraj’s body to the Osmania Hospital for autopsy and cordoned off the crime spot for investigation.