Slain NRI student had organised a drug party, say police
New Delhi: The family of a 21-year-old NRI student who died after being attacked in an apartment block here has on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into his alleged murder.
Anil Sarna, father of the non-resident Indian student Anmol Sarna, made the demand after meeting Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi, saying he was not happy with the police investigation. Anil Sarna said he did not believe the police claim his son died of self-inflicted injuries and thrashing by two guards of Kalkaji's South Park Apartments on the night of Sep 13-14.
"I will appeal to all authorities of India, including president, prime minister, home minister - to unravel the mystery of my son's death," he said. Anil Sarna alleged police were trying to save Anmol's friend, Chiki, who he said was the main culprit.
Police on Tuesday said apartment guards Surender Bali, 46, and Naresh Mishra, 60, were arrested for thrashing the victim after he shouted loudly and behaved abnormally after a party in a friend's flat. Police said Anmol, who returned from the US around seven months ago, had organised a drug party with his friends Shivang alias Chiki Gambhir, 20, Madhav Bhandaru, 20, Rhythm Girhotra, 20, and Pranil Shah, 20, on Sep 13 night.
All the friends have been arrested under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, for consuming drugs, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police P. Karunakaran said the five friends started consuming a powerful drug inside Shah's flat around 9 p.m. and around 11 p.m. Sarna became violent and started shouting and behaving abnormally due to a suspected drug reaction.
Angered by the misconduct, Shah's father turned all the five out of the house. "But Anmol sat outside and kept shouting," police said. The guards tried to stop him from shouting but when he slapped one of them, they beat him with batons, police said. The thrashing caused injuries to Anmol on his head, back and hips, police said. Shah's father called the Police Control Room around 12.09 a.m. on Sep 14 and a vehicle took a bleeding Anmol to hospital, police said. "The police van rushed him to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he died around 1.45 a.m. during treatment," said Karunakaran.
"We are still tracking the drug dealers who provided drugs to Anmol and his friends in Noida where they had gone to collect it on Sep 11. They had paid Rs.7,000 for the drug and received it from one of his friends in Noida Sector 18," said the officer. Meanwhile, a Delhi court on Tuesday sent two youth arrested in connection with the death of Anmol Sarna and drug abuse to police custody till Sep 19. Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Wason sent 21-year-old Sarna's friends Shivang Gambhir, 20, and Madhav, 20, to police custody.
The remaining four arrested accused -- Pranil Shah, Rythm Girhotra, Surender Bali and Naresh Mishra - were sent to judicial custody till Sep 30 after the police said they were not required for interrogation. According to police, Pranil and Rythm are friends of Sarna while Bali and Mishra were security guards at the apartments in south Delhi where the incident took place on Sep 13. Sarna, who had completed his high school from New York, was to return to Canada for further studies but died after a drug party on Sep 13 night organised at his friend's flat at South Park Apartment in Kalkaji area.
Police said the party lasted till midnight after which Sarna was thrashed by the guards for creating a ruckus in the complex. Around 2 a.m. Sarna's body was found bleeding in the apartment complex body. He died in hospital. Investigators said the two guards were arrested for assaulting Sarna, while the NRI's four friends were taken into custody for drug abuse. Seeking two days' custody for Shivang and Madhav, police said the investigation is at an initial stage.
The chain of the events needed to be built to find out why the two went to Pranil's flat and consumed drugs, police said. "We have seized electronic data from the spot, which has to be probed thoroughly as it may give us the clue about the flow of drugs into India through illegal channel, in which the accused were involved," police said in an application.