A 39-old-man was killed on Wednesday after he protested against two men parking their car in front of his eating joint, Dragon Chinese Point, in outer Delhi’s Begumpur. The driver of the killer car has been arrested.
Police said the victim, identified as Tarun Gupta, 39, was run over by a Maruti Alto car by the accused after an argument over wrong parking.
Tarun, a father of two, was crushed to death on the spot, police said. The victim ran a Chinese eatery from below his house in Begumpur’s Jain Nagar. His family lived in the first floor of the building.
According to the police, Tarun was inside his house on Wednesday when around 5.15pm he heard his brother Manish quarelling with two men about the parking of their car outside his eatery.
The driver of the car, Sanjay Pandey, was inside the vehicle while his friend had gone to another restaurant nearby to collect food.
The two brothers had an argument with Sanjay following which locals gathered and the two men tried to flee the spot. Tarun, who had called the police control room, refused to let the men escape and stood in front of the car.
Police said that Sanjay accelerated his car and hit Tarun causing him to fall on the vehicle’s bonnet as he drove off. Tarun’s family alleged Sanjay continued driving for about 10-15 metres with Tarun perched on the bonnet. A few seconds later, Tarun fell on the road and was crushed under the car’s wheels. The incident was captured by a CCTV camera installed at a shop in the area.
Police said they later identified the car from the video recording and traced and arrested its driver on Friday afternoon.
“The driver abused me and my brother when we asked him not to park in front of our shop. He said he owned the area and refused to move the car. My brother dialled 100 and refused to let them leave. They later ran over him,” said Manish.
Tarun was rushed to Jaipur Golden Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Doctors told police that the man had suffered head injuries. Rishi Pal, deputy commissioner of police (Rohini) said: “We have arrested the driver and booked in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The car has also been seized.”
In Delhi, out of the 528 murder reported last year, there were 86 cases caused by road rage, sudden provocation and trivial issues.