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Attack on 21-year-old Assamese student not racially motivated, says Delhi Police

Mar 09, 2015 09:13 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday said the attack on a 21-year-old Assamese student was not racially motivated. Police said the victim was beaten up by locals in south Delhi's Amar Colony when he was trying to break the lock of someone else's house, mistaking it to be his own, apparently in an inebriated state.

Police are on the lookout for his assailants who are as yet unidentified.

The youth, identified as Arbazuddin, hails from Guwahati and had been living in Delhi since the last 2 years. He has suffered fractures in his limbs and jaw in the incident, police said.

He is undergoing treatment at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. His family continues to insist he was beaten up as a he was from the North East.

Victim's mother said, "He was beaten up in the balcony and in the temple grounds. Neighbours claim that they didn't hear anything. My son called me at night and narrated the story. My son said he was beaten as he was from north east."

Victim's uncle said that he has fractures on his jaw and hands and legs. "He was complaining about minor incidents for some time now. We want the accused to get arrested immediately. This place is not safe for people from the North-East," he said.

The incident took place in the early hours of March 5 when Arbazuddin came back home and tried to open the lock of a house which was not his own. When the key didn't work, he tried to break the door and get in, a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, hearing the sound the original owner and neighbours woke up. Thinking that he is a thief they thrashed him, he said. "We got a PCR call around 1:30 AM from locals that they have caught a thief. A team rushed to the spot and took him to the hospital," he added.

His address was found to be in the same locality. Both the houses were on the first floor and the youth probably went into the wrong house apparently in an inebriated condition, police said.

Police have registered a case on his statement and further investigations are on. The CCTV footage of the area is being checked to verify claims of both the parties.BLUR_B