A feud over a game of carrom led four teenaged boys to ambush and assault their 17-year-old friend to death at Taltala in south Calcutta on Wednesday night.
Amjad Ali, a Class VIII student, died of brain haemorrhage as a flurry of punches landed on his head after he stepped out of his home around 7.45pm on Sareng Lane off SN Banerjee Road, police said.
The police said the four boys have been arrested and charged with murder.
“The accused were waiting in ambush outside Amjad’s home, a single-storey house in the narrow lane. The moment he stepped out, they pounced on him and starting punching him. One of the punches landed below his left ear and knocked him out. He slumped down on the road,” said an officer of Taltala police station.
He was taken to NRS Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
An officer said Amjad, the son of a tailor, and the accused had quarrelled on Monday afternoon after one of the boys’ father stopped their game of carrom and took away the coins. “The parent confiscated the carrom coins since the boys were playing till late in the afternoon. Amjad protested and apparently hurled cuss words at his friend’s father. Though the other boy walked away with his father, he was looking for an opportunity to teach Amjad a lesson.”
The boy allegedly threatened Amjad with dire consequences the next day.
On Wednesday evening, the main accused and his friends were waiting near Amjad’s house since sunset.
“We did not suspect anything since they are neighbourhood boys,” said Imtiaz Alam, a resident. “But I was shocked when I saw them launch a vicious attack on Amjad. They ran away when he fell on the road.” Doctors said a blow to his head blocked blood supply to his brain.
“We picked up the prime accused from his relative’s house after Amjad’s family lodged a complaint. The other three were rounded up later,” joint commissioner of police (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.