An elderly man was beaten to death by his son in Dera Ghazi Khan for refusing to give him money, Shah Sadruddin police said. They said the son, a drug addict, had fled after knocking down his father.
A case was registered on the complaint of Munawar, the elder son of the deceased, who was also injured trying to save his father.
Munawar, a resident of Darkhanwala, said his father, Muhammad Siddique, 65, was a fruit seller.
He said he helped his father, while his younger brother, Saddam, had fallen into bad company and had become a drug addict.
He said Saddam often remained away from the house and returned only when he needed money. On Tuesday, he said, Saddam came home after being away for two days and asked his father to give him Rs200. When his father said he did not have the money and told him to come back in the evening when he would have earned some, he started frisking his father.
“My mother and I stopped him, but he was stubborn about not leaving without money,” Munawar said, adding, “He shouted at us and went away. But he returned with a stick and attacked our father.” He said he hit their father on the head several times so that he fainted. Munawar and his mother were also injured while trying to save the old man.
Saddam fled the scene.
Some neighbours heard the noise and rushed to see that had happened. The three injured were taken to district headquarters hospitals, but Siddique died on the way.
Munawar and his mother were discharged from the hospital a few hours later.
Police said the body had been sent for a post-mortem examination.
They said they were looking for Saddam.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.