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Boy killed for watching match at high volume

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NEW DELHI: A man bludgeoned his 10-year-old brother-in-law to death for watching TV at a high volume in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar area on Thursday night.

The accused, Harish Chand, had come to the capital from Bihar for a medical check-up and had been staying with his in-laws since the past five days. The child’s parents were, however, not home at the time of the murder.

Police said 30-year-old Chand was sleeping when the child, who was in another room, switched on the TV to watch a cricket match and kept increasing the volume. When 10-year-old Jairam ignored Chand’s requests to lower the TV’s volume, Chand hit the boy on the head with a grinding stone. On realizing that he had killed his brother-in-law, Chand panicked, locked the house and fled the spot.

When the boy’s parents returned home around 11pm and found the house locked, they first assumed Chand had taken the minor out for a walk. However, after failing to reach Chand on his mobile phone, the couple grew suspicious and broke down the door only to find Jairam lying in a pool of blood.

Police are trying to nab the accused who has been absconding since the incident. The victim’s body has been sent for a postmortem.

The boy’s parents recently moved to the capital and work as labourers at a factory here. Their elder son died of cancer a few years ago.

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