Rinku Sharma, a 25-year-old BJP's Yuva Morcha worker and member of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was stabbed to death by his neighbours in Delhi's Mangolpuri area, triggering a political slugfest among parties over a suspected communal angle behind the murder.
According to police, Rinku had gone to attend his friend Babu's birthday party. The party was also attended by Aakash, Sachin, Zahid and Golu, who were friends with the victim. India Today TV spoke to Babu, Akash and Sachin about the events of the night that led to the killing of Rinku Sharma.
Babu says, "My birthday was on February 9 and I threw a party for my friends on the 10th. Rinku, Sachin, Akash, Sandeep, Golu and Zahid attended this party. Suraj said that he would bring Chingu (Zahid) along."
He added that a fight broke out at the party. "At the party, suddenly a fight broke out between Sachin and Zahid and they slapped each other. I was speaking to Akash at the time and then Suraj also slapped Sachin. I immediately sent Sachin home."
"Rinku was sitting beside Akash the whole time. Akash, Rahul and I were talking to Rinku when suddenly there was a commotion on the street and Rahul left. As soon as Rinku was stabbed, I ran home. I don't know what happened after this," said Babu.
Akash on the other hand says the friends were at a restaurant when the fight broke out between Sachin and Zahid.
"It was my friend's party and we had ordered food at a restaurant. At around 9-9.30 pm two of our friends had left for home. Then an argument broke out between Sachin and Zahid and they got violent with each other. Then the manager of the restaurant sent us outside," said Akash.