They slit his throat after he slaps one of them
Two boys, aged nine and 10, killed a 23-year-old youth by slitting his throat with a broken beer bottle following an argument in Govindpuri area of south-east Delhi.
The victim, Mr Sanjay Kumar, tried to run away with his throat half slit, but died due to excessive bleeding.
The attack was reported on Friday night, when the boys went to Mr Kumar seeking alms, reported The Times of India.
The victim, who owned a flower shop at a temple, was having a drink outside another shop.
When he refused, the children threatened to kill him.
Mr Kumar slapped one of the boys, which led to a scuffle in which one of them hit Mr Kumar on the head with a beer bottle while the other pounced on him, witnesses said.
They added that the two boys who killed the man showed aggression beyond their years.
One of them sat on Mr Kumar's chest and cut his throat with a broken bottle.
Mr Kumar pushed the boy away and tried to flee, but collapsed on the way.
Witnesses said the cut was deep and had half-severed the neck.
"He refused to allow us to take him to hospital and fell unconscious. He was finally taken to hospital by the police," said Mr Rohtash Kumar, a shopkeeper in the area.
Mr Kumar was declared dead on arrival.
A case of murder has been registered at the Govindpuri police station. The boys were arrested.
During interrogation, they said their fathers were rickshaw pullers and that they had fled their homes a year earlier.
They used to stay at the temple and beg for alms.
Locals at the temple claim the children were addicted to drugs.
They knew Mr Kumar as he used to share his food with them occasionally.
He is a resident of Sanjay Camp near Okhla Industrial area.
The children are being counselled and have been sent to a juvenile justice home.
Efforts are being made to trace their family members, police said.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), most juveniles found involved in heinous crimes are aged between 14 and 17.
NCRB data shows around 28,000 juveniles had committed crimes in 2013 and of the lot, 3,887 had allegedly committed heinous crimes.
Among juveniles apprehended last year, 875 were boys between 12 and 16.
The figure was 617 for 2012.
In this age group, 23 girls had been found to be involved in various crimes.
This article was first published on May 26, 2015.
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