New Delhi: A 35-year-old businessman was hit with an iron rod, stabbed and then run over by his friends. Police said on Wednesday that Pawan Bathla died at his friends’ hands as one of them owed him money and couldn’t repay. The incident took place on Tuesday in North Delhi’s Timarpur area. The two men called Bathla to an isolated location on the pretext of paying him interest on the loan of Rs 2.35 lakh. Then, they allegedly hit him with an iron rod, stabbed him and ran over him using his own vehicle, a senior police officer said. Also Read - 'Pained to See Muslims Being Painted as Anti-Hindus': Chennai Muslim Businessman Donates Rs 1 Lakh For Ram Temple
A passerby, who saw a man being run over, informed the police about it around 9.30 PM on Tuesday, the officer said. The victim was found lying on an isolated stretch near Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, the officer added. Also Read - Ameesha Patel Feared For Her Life During Bihar Campaign Trail, Says 'Could Have Been Raped, Killed'
Accused Nitin and Mannu Wadhwa were arrested on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said. During interrogation, Nitin told the police that revealed he was not able to repay the loan he had taken from Bathla, so he, along with Wadhwa, hatched the conspiracy to kill him. A case was registered, police said. Also Read - In Loving Memory: Madurai Businessman Installs Life-Size Statue of Wife at Home After Her Death
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of a gas agency cashier who was reportedly shot dead by bike-borne men in Gomti Nagar. Shyam Singh (45) was attacked when he was on his way to a bank at Vibhuti Khand region of Gomti Nagar to deposit Rs 10 lakh on Monday. The accused duo fled with the money.
“The CM has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family and directed the police to probe the case at the earliest,” an official spokesman said. The police have released pictures of the two attackers after going through CCTV footage.