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Indian-origin shopkeeper beaten to death in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

An Indian-origin was killed after he was punched for refusing to serve paper to under-age teenagers at his shop in north

Vijay Patel, 49, was attacked in area of the city on Saturday night and rushed to hospital, where he died of head injuries on Monday.

Patel's death bed photograph, hooked up to a life-support machine, has been released by his family as part of an appeal to hunt for suspects involved in the attack.

A 16-year-old boy appeared in today and was charged with murdering Patel, the father of two.

"The continue to investigate and appeal for information about the events leading up to the incident which resulted in Patel's death. It is believed that three persons were involved in the incident," Yard said in a statement.

Ian Lott, from the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Major Crime Command,described the attack as an "unprovoked spontaneous incident sparked entirely by refusal to let the suspects buy what they wanted".

"A man has lost his life for no reason other than trying to uphold the law," he said.

Patel was struck in the chest and fell backwards, hitting his head as he landed.

He was found lying injured on the pavement outside his local convenience store named Rota Express by Ambulance Service, who rushed him to St. in

Patel had moved to with his family from in 2006 and his wife, Vibha, was visiting relatives in at the time of the fatal attack.

"We are shocked and heartbroken. He was such a kind person. We are all very close because his children are out of the country studying,"said the victim's brother,

The shopkeeper's friends described him as "honest" and "hard-working".

An set up for his family and has so far raised more than 15,000 pounds.

Just before the attack, a had asked a group youths for identification to prove they were over 18 years age

the legal age limit for purchase of tobacco and alcohol in the

When they could not provide it, the group became "became aggressive, threatening to vandalise the shop", the said.

Patel, who lived in area of north London, came to the aid of his colleague and was punched to the floor outside before the teenagers fled.

The was also punched and suffered minor injuries.

"Vijay was the best human being you could have seen in the world. He was my right arm," said Abdullah Rahimzai, the owner of the shop who was also hurt during the attack.

"He fell unexpectedly with his head on the ground," he recalled.

The are appealing for witnesses to track down the remaining suspects in the case.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 18:20 IST