Four persons were arrested for allegedly beating a 32-year-old man to death on charges that he stole a mobile phone in west Delhi’s Naraina on Friday, the police said.
The police control room received a call about the incident at a municipal park in Loha Mandi on Friday morning, deputy commissioner of police (west) Deepak Purohit said. He added that a team from the Naraina police station reached there and found a man lying under a tree with injuries.
The four men — identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, his brother Shiraj Ahmed, Anish and Ishtihar (all residents of Loha Mandi) — fled the crime scene after the condition of the victim deteriorated.
The victim was later identified as Rahul, alias Dhancha, a 32-year-old resident of Jawahar Camp in Kirti Nagar.
The police took him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
The suspects were soon arrested. They said Rahul and his associates had stolen Shiraj’s cellphone from his truck. While they caught hold of Rahul, his associates escaped with the stolen phone.