The Delhi Police have arrested seven people including three minors in connection with the murder of an orphan, whose crime was that he had dressed as Goddess Kali.
The arrested individuals have been identified as 20-year-old Naveen, 20-year-old Aman Kumar Singh, 25-year-old Mohit Kumar, and 19-year-old Sajal Kumar Maheshwari. According to police, the deceased, identified as Kalua, was mocked by the four accused before they stabbed him to death. Cops found several marks of stab injuries on his chest, face and head.
The incident, according to police took place on the intervening night of 22 and 23 May. Chinmoy Biswal Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) said that Kalua, also known as Kalu, was a devotee of Goddess Kali adding that he would dress as ‘Maa Kali’ particularly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, wearing a black salwar suit with a red chunni and anklets.
“On the night he was killed, Kalu was dressed as the goddess,” Biswal was quoted as saying.
The accused have told the police that they had consumed alcohol near NSIC jungle main gate when they saw Kalu pass by in Goddess Kali’s attire. They started to mock and tease him even as the victim pleaded them not to make fun of him.
But the four individuals grabbed him, forcibly took him inside the jungle and started beating him up before they stabbed him with a Swiss knife. Two of the alleged killers are pursuing bachelors degree course. One of the accused, Naveen, is pursuing his graduation through correspondence from the Delhi University. He is a first-year commerce student, reported PTI.
Kalu’s body was later given to his brother for cremation. Kalu was an orphan and was raised in a ‘dharamshala‘ near Kalkaji Mandir.