In Ghaziabad, fight over Rs 50 ends in 60-yr-old man’s death
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Police say salim was punched and stones were hurled at him; shopkeeper arrested
An argument over Rs 50 ended in the death of a 60-year-old man, who was allegedly assaulted by a shopkeeper in Shaheed Nagar, Ghaziabad, on Saturday night.
Shopkeeper Aamir was arrested after Salim succumbed to injuries at District Hospital on Sunday morning.
"Salim was in the local market to buy groceries. He paid Rs 150 for goods purchased, but the shopkeeper maintained that the amount came to Rs 200. Salim refused to pay and claimed that Aamir was fleecing him. This led to a fight between the two of them," a senior police officer said.
According to police, Salim was punched and stones were hurled at him. The two were finally separated by passersby and local residents.
"Salim's condition was serious and people of the area took him to the hospital, where he passed away in the morning," the officer said.
Salim's wife Anisa said he was the only earning member in the family.
"He used to work as an electrician and also did odd jobs. Yesterday, someone informed us that Salim had entered into an argument. I sent my son down to check and he came back running to say that he had been taken to a hospital," Anisa said.
She said Salim only stood up for what he knew was right, against a "shopkeeper who was fleecing him".
Police officers said a case has been registered at the Sahibabad police station.
"The accused in the case, Aamir, has been arrested and further investigations are on. We are also looking into the family's allegations that other shopkeepers also beat up Salim. Till now, only one person, Aamir, has been named in the FIR," a police officer said.
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