New Delhi: In one more
instance of callousness in the national capital, two young men,
brutally beaten up, lay by the roadside, bleeding, pleading for
help... For more than half-an-hour no one heeded their calls. One
man succumbed due to excessive bleeding.
Perhaps his life could have been saved if someone had heeded their
The two young men from Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi were
brutally beaten near a roadside eatery by two men in the early
hours of dawn Monday, resulting in the death of one of them.
The two, Shailaj Roy and Siddharth Roy, had driven down to a
makeshift stall selling paranthas near a gurudwara on the
Govindpuri main road at around 4 a.m. for a bite.
Chetan, a college dropout, and Vijay, a BPO employee, were already
When the staff of the eatery was about to serve the two newcomers
with paranthas, a dispute broke out between them over who should
be served first. It soon snowballed into a clash.
Even though a policeman on patrol pacified them, the quarrel broke
out again after some time and turned physical. Chetan and Vijay
overpowered Shailaj and Siddharth, and hit them with sticks and
sharp-edged objects, and fled the spot.
Shailaj Roy, a B.Tech graduate from Siliguri in West Bengal, and
Sidharth Roy, a fashion designer, both 27, lay bleeding and
pleaded for help from bystanders.
The area has three-four makeshift eateries and at that early hour
there were around 10-15 people present, including the staff of the
According to friends and relatives of the two men, none of those
present, including the staff of the eatery, tried to help the duo
who used to frequent the shop.
After half and hour, one passer-by informed the Police Control
Room van and left.
"I am shocked... even though 10 to 15 people, including the
parantha shop staff, local hawkers and passers-by were around no
one came forward to help. For half an hour, both of them were
pleading for help but no one stepped forward to even call the
police," a friend of Siddharth Roy told IANS.
"We received a call at about 4.45 a.m. that two people (Shailaj
and Siddharth) were found lying in unconscious condition on the
road," said a senior police officer.
They were rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
trauma centre where doctors declared Shailaj dead. He had received
a severe blow on the head and bled to death. Siddharth was
admitted to hospital and is undergoing treatment for head
"After half-an-hour, a passer-by informed the PCR van which took
them to a nearby hospital. Shailaj had a severe head injury and
lost a lot of blood, and he was declared brought dead. If anyone
of the passers-by had helped them to reach hospital on time, his
life could have been saved," Siddharth's friend added.
This was another instance of a murderous assault over a trifle.
An analysis of Delhi Police 2010 statistics shows that murders
have been committed over minor issues like taking water at
community taps, objecting to urinating in front of someone's
house, and over bursting fire crackers at a marriage party.
For example in north Delhi a software professional, Himanshu Batra
was shot dead by Surya Prakash after he accidentally knocked down
a plate of chicken tikka Prakash was carrying.
In west Delhi's Punjabi Bagh, a murder was committed over refusal
to serve a particular brand of wine. In two other cases, murders
were committed over trifles like not sharing a bidi and refusal to
part with a cigarette.
Some other trivial issues over which murders were committed
include eating from a vendor without paying, petty quarrel among
children, and dispute among roommates over keeping keys to the