A 20-year-old student, Ramesh Singh Bisht, succumbed to death on Wednesday night after ostensibly being pushed by the landlord and his sons from the fifth floor balcony of a building in DLF Phase 3 where Bisht stayed as a paying guest. The incident took place during an argument over water shortage and power outages on the premises.

Ramesh was from Haldwani in Uttarakhand and had shifted to Gurugram just a week back to pursue a vocational course in food and beverages management from a private institute under a government scheme. He took up residence in a paying guest facility, which is a six-storey building. He stayed along with four of his friends, who had been frequently complaining to the building’s owner Satbir Singh about the water and power situation for last couple of days.

In complaint to the police, Neeraj Singh Panwar, one of Bisht’s friends, said, “Around 11.30 PM on Wednesday, when we were in our room, Singh came and asked all of us to move to the other room. He was drunk. When we objected, an argument started. Then the owner called his two sons — Rahul and Rohit — and 12 others, and all of them started thrashing us with sticks. They pushed Bisht and he fell from the balcony.”

Police is investigating the matter and has arrested two men, Sheeshram and Sunil, so far as the prime accused is still at large. SHO, Sudip Kumar said, “They were accomplices of Singh, who is absconding along with the rest of his family after the incident.”