NEW DELHI: An argument over a spot escalated into a brawl leading to a 63-year-old man being beaten up with a baseball bat in west Delhi’s Hari Nagar on Wednesday evening. The victim was hospitalised with fractures in his body.

DCP (west) Monika Bhardwaj said the victim has been identified as Mahinder Pal Singh. A case of attempt to commit and causing hurt has been registered.

Mahinder’s son, Simranpreet Singh (26), said the argument started when he asked their neighbour Ramesh Chopra to move his motorcycle so that he could park his Maruti Baleno car. Chopra allegedly refused after which they started arguing. The verbal duel got worse when Chopra’s son Manish joined in.

Seeing the situation turning bad, Mahinder came down to intervene. Chopra and Manish then assaulted them with a baseball bat. “They abused my father. When I asked them to watch their mouths, they turned aggressive. They said let’s end the matter once and for all as we have been bothering them about parking for long,” Simranpreet said. The elderly man was hit on his arms, legs and head.

Local residents came out and tried to control the situation. The accused then fled the spot. The injured father and son were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the cops were called.

Senior officers said they recorded the statements of the victims and a case was registered at Hari Nagar police station. The investigating teams are scanning CCTV footage of the area to ascertain the sequence of events. The statements of the neighbours have also been recorded. A probe has revealed that the two neighbours used to frequently argue over the limited parking space. The family members of the absconding accused are being quizzed to know their location.

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