The incident took place at around 3 am when the deceased, identified as Akha Shaloni, along with two friends, Dihe Kazhiihrii (25), who is also a resident of Manipur and Nagendra Sharma (40), a resident of Bihar, went to Masoodpur Colony to attend a party at a friend's place. JPN/Agencies
Following the party, they hired an auto to drop Kazhiihrii at his home at Kotla Mubarakpur. When the auto reached near Gurudwara road, a car arrived from behind and started honking indiscriminately.
"The occupants of the car also abused the auto driver, following which an argument ensued between the trio and them. The argument soon turned ugly following which around five men, all of whom were apparently in an inebriated state, alighted from the car and attacked the trio. While Kazhiihrii and Sharma managed to flee, Shaloni was caught by them," said a police official.
"Had Nagendra and I not escaped, we too would have been killed," Kazhiihrii told the police in his statement. He also mentioned that the attack was not racial in nature although the attackers were shouting 'maaro', 'maaro'.
"Kazhiihrii called the police at around 3:30 am, after which a police team reached the spot and rushed Shaloni, who was unconscious, to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) trauma centre where doctors declared him brought dead. The death was due to serious head injuries," the official said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) BS Jaiswal said that there was ‘no provocation’ by Shaloni who was living in Munirka in South Delhi and was unemployed.
Three attackers have been identified as Sanjay Basoya (24), Shakti Basoya alias Shanky and Rajiv alias Raju (25) were arrested by the police from Garhi area.
Police have recovered the car used by the attackers. The cops also seized the CCTV footage from the area which helped police to arrest the three attackers.
"We have registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC. He was attacked by 5-6 men,” Jaiswal said.
The Manipuri man's body has been preserved for postmortem which will be conducted after his family arrives in Delhi. A medical board is likely to be constituted for the autopsy.
Attack on Manipuri man 'pre-planned': Home Ministry
The attack which has claimed the life of a Manipuri man in the national capital was a ‘well-coordinated’ and ‘pre-planned’ one, the Union Home Ministry said even as it expressed ‘great concern’ over the repeated cases of assault in the national capital on people from the North-East.
"The attack seems to be well-coordinated and pre-planned. Police have already obtained some of the footage of the incident," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, adding that he was in touch with Delhi Police regarding the investigation.
On being asked about the repeated attacks in Delhi in which people from the northeast have been targeted, he said it was a matter of worry for the government.
"Our government is very sensitive to (the issue). The repeated incidents of attack on the people of North-East is of great concern to all of us," he told reporters.
"The attack seems to be well-coordinated and pre-planned. Police have already obtained some of the footages of the incident," he said.
This was the latest in a series of attacks on people from Northeast India in the national capital. 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh, Nido Tania, was beaten to death by a group of men in Lajpat Nagar area in January last year, sparking widespread outrage.
In February, a 14-year-old girl from Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord's son in South Delhi's Munirka area.
In March, a girl and her cousin hailing from Manipur were allegedly attacked by two men who also hurled racial abuses and molested the girl.
The incident took place at around 3 am when the deceased, identified as Akha Shaloni, along with two friends, Dihe Kazhiihrii (25), who is also a resident of Manipur and Nagendra Sharma (40), a resident of Bihar, went to Masoodpur Colony to attend a party at a friend's place.