A 40-year-old dentist, Dr Pankaj Narang was brutally killed by an angry mob on the night of Wednesday, March 23, in front of his 8-year-old son, in west Delhi's Vikaspuri area.
Dr Narang was celebrating Indian Cricket team's victory against Bangladesh, along-with his brother-in-law and his son, in the courtyard of his house, by playing a match and next morning, they were all set to celebrate the festival of colours-Holi.
How a celebratory night became the last night for Dr Pankaj Narang
When they were playing, ball went outside their courtyard and his son Aditya ran after it, when a bike carrying two persons was passing through by their home. His son had a narrow escape, when suddenly Dr Narang allegedly lashed out at the duo.
A heated argument took place between Narang and two youths on bike. Then, aproximately after 10 minutes, the youths returned with a group of around ten people from a nearby slum and started pelting stones at his house.
When Dr Narang came out to see what was happening, he was dragged by the mob and was brutally beaten with hockey sticks, iron rods and bats, in front of his wife and son.
Following the serious injuries, Dr Narang succumbed from the grievous wounds that were inflicted on his head. His eyes were swollen and he was bleeding profusely and passed away due to cardiac arrest, as per a report published in Huffington Post.
Police registered a case of murder, attempt to murder, trespassing and rioting and eight people were arrested.
Prime accused has been identified as 22-year-old Nasir Khan, his mother Mesar and two persons named Amir, and four juveniles (16 to 18 age group) have been sent to rehabilitation home and others are in Tihar jail.
In the CCTV footage, Nasir's mother was also seen instigating the mob and attacking the doctor with her sons and others. [Dr Pankaj Narang murder case: Police looking for footage which captured attack]
A news report also claimed that Nasir is known for his high temper and he is a habitual offender, his neighbours claimed.
4 juveniles among 9 arrested for murder of vikaspuri doctor. No religious angle at all, as rumoured by some. We appeal u to maintain peace.— Monika Bhardwaj (@manabhardwaj) March 25, 2016
Out of 9 accused person 5 r Hindu.At the moment of first scuffle, out of 2, 1 was Hindu.The Muslim accused r residents of UP ,not Bangladesh— Monika Bhardwaj (@manabhardwaj) March 25, 2016
Social media demands justice
Dr Narang's brutal killing for a petty reason drew the attention of netizens on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, demanding justice for his death and punishment to his killers.
His death spread like a wildfire on social media, with many people raising a question on the silence maintained by the media and politicians.
A Facebook page titled "Justice for Dr.PANKAJ Narang" was created by some netizens to demand justice for him.
Why media and politicians chose to remain silent?
Unlike in previous cases, this particular case was given a muted response by various media houses.
For instance, killing of 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi in Sept 2015, was given prime time and front page coverage by various media channels and newspapers.
Akhlaq was killed by a mob in Bisara village near Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, on the suspicion of consuming beef. FIR was registered against ten people, who were involved in the killing.
Even, politicians were quick to make a visit to Akhlaq's family members. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, home minister Rajnath Singh were among few politicians who assured justice will be given to the bereaved family members.
Besides, many politicians issued statements on the case and many intellectuals even went on to return their awards and protesting over intolerance in the country.
Then, other case is that of Rohith Vemula, a student of University of Hyderabad, who committed suicide inside his hostel room on Jan 17, 2016, leaving behind a hand-written suicide note.
His suicide sparked outrage across India and it was highly politicised by making it a case of discrimination against Dalits.
His death was not only highly politicised but was also hyped by the media of not only this country, but it also grabbed international headlines.
Has media shown its biased nature in covering Dr Narang's case?
Yes, media did tried its best not to give much coverage to Dr Narang's killing, as compared to other such previous cases.
Although the deceased won't come back to life, but the media could have played a responsible role by giving this issue an unbiased coverage.
Similarly, politicians could have done their bit by meeting the family members of the deceased by ensuring them that they will get justice, but they chose to ignore it or downplay it, as his death will not affect their vote-bank, on which they bank upon, to gain political mileage.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay on Sunday offered job to the widow of Dr Narang, in a municipal hospital.
Justice should be given to all irrespective of their religion
Any killing or injustice, whether it takes place in any religion or caste, should be equally treated in front of the judiciary, police, politicians and media.
Few tweets on Dr Narang's killing:
Monika Bhrdwaj, Additional DCP West was on leave and still on leave when she tweeted on Dr Pankaj Narang's murder. DP top brass are peeved.— Pramod Kumar Singh (@SinghPramod2784) March 28, 2016
Absolutely shocking. Tried reaching out to the family. They r in a state of shock, not willing to talk to anyone https://t.co/NVgHNsJ2hu— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 25, 2016
Thank You Delhi...You Murdered one more Innocent.— Inayat Ullah Khan (@inayatukhan) March 28, 2016
Dr. Pankaj Narang was just celebrating India Win with his 7... https://t.co/7hArR1D1kR
@ArvindKejriwal Why you did not go for Pankaj Narang house which is in Dehli. You went to Akhlak and Vemula house. Are you CM of Delhi or AP— Sameer Vaidya (@VaidyaSameer) March 28, 2016
Waiting for the reaction of tolerant people like shahrukh, aamir & award returning gang on the murder of dr pankaj narang— Kunal Choudhary (@KunalCh51230439) March 28, 2016
All so called Seculars are shut up on BRUTAL MURDER of Dr. Pankaj Narang in front of his small kid.— Aditya Kumar Dhiman (@DhimanAditya27) March 28, 2016