A 32-year-old man was stabbed to death by a group of youths for allegedly reprimanding them for smoking in front of his house. A resident of Shantinagar, Harish, reportedly picked up a fight with a few youths after he found them smoking in front of his house.
Although the youths went away from there temporarily, Harish indulged in a second bout of argument after coming across them standing in a bylane at 2 am. However, this time, the argument turned into a scuffle and Harish was stabbed on his neck and upper arm. The injuries were deep and Harish succumbed to death before reaching the hospital. He is survived by his wife and 10-year-old son.
Harish worked as a supervisor with his uncle, a contractor, who used to undertake government civil works. Investigations in the case are on. Although no formal arrests have been made by the police, police has detained four youths and is questioning them.
In a similar incident in Delhi, earlier this month, a 21-year-old man was killed when a car, driven by a drunk man, hit his bike. The man, Gurpreet Singh, reportedly had an argument with the driver when the latter was smoking in public. Maninder, the man's friend and an eyewitness to the incident said, "We were working on our ‘Life of people on footpath in Delhi’ after which we stopped to eat something. This man was drunk and started blowing cigarette smoke in our face. We objected as we are Sikhs and smoking is against our religious beliefs. He got into an argument and said that if we were in Assam, he would kill us and no one would get to know."
As the two friends got onto their bike after the altercation, the man drove from behind and hit the bike, resulting in the fatal accident.