New Delhi: A 40-year-old man in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area Sunday was brutally stabbed to death after he refused to apologize to a dog, who he had brushed past by in his neighbourhood. The man named Vijender Rana was stabbed six times with kitchen knives and a screwdriver because he refused to say sorry to Tommy, the dog, a black Labrador.

Apparently, as Rana shot towards an empty space to park, his mini-truck brushed past the black Labrador of some neighbours who were chatting across the street. The dog barked after him and a few minutes later the man lay in a pool of blood.

Vijender’s elder brother Rajesh Rana who ran to him after hearing his cries for help was stabbed thrice and is now battling for life at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

The brutal stabbings happened in the Mohan Garden area of Uttam Nagar in southwest Delhi, on Saturday. According to the police, the two brothers, Ankit and Paras, are the main suspects, and their tenant Dev Chopra is involved in the crime as well.

Ankit, Paras and Dev had gone out for a stroll with Tommy, around midnight. It is then that Vijender drove in about 10 minutes later while the three men were talking beside a scooter on the other. When Tommy started barking at Vijender’s truck, the trio forced him to stop and abused him.

They grabbed him by the hair and demanded he apologises to Tommy. Vijender told them to mind their dog and hurried home but was dragged back to where the fight had started.