Indian-origin shopkeeper murdered for refusing to sell cigarette papers to teens

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Indian-origin shopkeeper murdered for refusing to sell cigarette papers to teens

By Harpreet Kaur

January 11, 2018

Indian-origin shopkeeper murdered: An Indian-origin shopkeeper died after he was punched for refusing to serve cigarette paper to underage teenagers at his shop in north London. Vijay Patel, 49, was working at a convenience store in Mill Hill, north London, when he was attacked. A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder while police continue to hunt the other suspects. Mr Patel was rushed to hospital suffering critical injuries but he died on Monday afternoon.Mr Patel had been working that night with the owner of the shop. A police spokesman said: “The three were unhappy about the decision and became aggressive, threatening to vandalise the shop. “As such Vijay and a colleague went outside after them to ensure no damage was done to the shop. “Vijay was struck once by one of the teenagers, causing him to fall to the floor.” Mr Patel’s friends have described him as “honest” and “hard-working”.