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Delhi: Angry with grandmother for not giving him money, teen kills 73-year-old with hammer

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 29 December 2020, 13:49 IST

Hopping mad with his grandmother for not giving him money, a teen in Delhi’s Shahdara murdered the 73-year-old woman with a hammer on Saturday, left her dead body on a chair and then ran away after stealing a few thousand rupees, the police said.

According to Amit Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara), the teenager was arrested on Sunday, but it is yet to be verified with documents if or not he is an adult.

The teen lived with his parents on the second floor of the same building in Shahdara. His grandmother had rented out the first floor and lived alone on the ground floor.

“She would receive pension as well as the rent money,” said the DCP.

The suspect was a college student and had to give back thousands of rupees that he had borrowed from his friend, the officer said.

On the day of the crime, he was under pressure from some friends to give back the money. “He quietly slid out of his flat that night. His parents thought he had gone out with his friends for the night, the way he usually did,” the officer said.

But instead of going out with his friends, he went to his grandmother’s house and asked her to give him some money, “When the elderly woman refused to give him any money, he picked up a hammer and struck her head of the woman who was sitting on a chair at that moment,” said the DCP.

The elderly woman passed away on the chair itself. Her grandson then locked her house from the outside, picked up his scooter and ran away.

That same night, when the woman’s son tried to check on her, he found the house locked from the outside and thought she had gone to visit her other son who lived in a different building.

“The next morning, the teenager’s father called his brother to ask about their mother. When he got to know that she had never visited her other son, the lock outside her house was broken and her body found on the chair,” the DCP said.

Later, the police were involved.

“We began by probing the role of an outsider. But the woman’s flat was locked from the outside. And the other door was locked from the inside. That made it clear that it was a friendly entry into the victim’s house,” said the officer.

Since the boy was the ony one not present, he was the main suspect.

“On Sunday evening, we caught him and recovered the hammer used in the murder. We have also traced his friend who he gave the money he stole from his grandmother,” the DCP said.

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First published: 29 December 2020, 13:49 IST