Two young men were arrested on Monday evening for allegedly murdering a 60-year-old man in a horrific manner in Chhattisgarh’s Bhilai. They slashed the elderly man with a blade, crushed his feet and smashed his head with a rock after he chided them for drinking in open.
Police have counted over 150 cuts on the victim’s body.
The police said the now-deceased man, identified as Ram Chauhan, was a resident of Krishna Nagar. He was out for a walk after dinner when he noticed the two youths- Durgesh Sahu and Lokesh Sahu- consuming liquor and smoking outside his house. Thereafter, he rebuked them over the issue and told them to go somewhere else. The duo got filled with rage and started fighting with the elderly man and later murdered him after locking him up inside his house.
Ban on liquor sale was one of the key promises by the Congress party ahead of the Assembly elections 2018, the move apparently won the appreciation from the women who constitute nearly fifty per cent of the voters in Chhattisgarh.
The Bhupesh Baghel government had in February declared to constitute three committees comprising experts, social workers and legislators to study the prospect of prohibition in the state.
The arrested accused have confessed and given an elaborate account of the gory crime. They told the police that they began beating the elderly man when he protested against them. Then, they pushed him into his house and locked him up inside after chasing away his son by threatening him with murder. Thereafter, one of them pulled out a blade and began slashing him while the other one took a brick and crushed his legs for preventing him from escaping. In the last, they smashed his head with a rock, leading to his immediate death, according to a report by The Times of India.
After leaving the house, they spotted the man’s son, who was very scared at that time.
They taunted him by saying “Chouhan khatam. Zyada baat kar raha tha (Chouhan’s dead. He was talking too much,” TOI reported. The accused also threatened to murder him if he reported the crime to the police.
Police said that both the accused are history-sheeters. They claimed to have committed the crime under the influence of alcohol.