The Sewri police on Sunday night arrested a 20-year-old labourer for allegedly murdering a 24-year-old youth from his locality. The accused was allegedly annoyed with the latter's nagging and taunts.
The deceased has been identified as Sunil Verma, a resident of Kawla Bunder, New Tank Bunder Road in Sewri and the arrested is Habibulla Abdul Karim Khan. His brother Irfan, 21, is wanted in the case. The three stayed in the same locality and knew each other.
According to the police, Verma used to regularly complain to Irfan that Habibulla should work and support the family instead of being unemployed. "Irfan used to inform Habibulla about this. Furious with the regular nagging and taunting, Habibulla decided to teach Verma a lesson," said sub-inspector Swapnil Kadam.
He added that on Sunday night Habibulla and Irfan called Verma to their residence where soon a heated argument ensued between them. "Verma was drunk at the time of the incident. In a fit of rage, Habibulla stabbed Verma with a knife. While Irfan managed to escape, people from the neighbourhood managed to get hold of Habibulla and hand him over to the police," Kadam said.
Verma was taken to JJ hospital, where he was declared dead around 11.50pm.