A 42-year-old DTC driver was beaten to death allegedly by a biker in west Delhi’s Mundka on Sunday morning after the bus grazed the two-wheeler from behind.
The incident — city’s fourth case of road rage in the last 10 days — led to protests from DTC employees and the family of the deceased who demanded Rs 1 crore as compensation.
The biker was arrested on Sunday night. Several drivers’ unions also launched a strike on Monday.
According to the police, Ashok Kumar, driver of the inter-state green bus hit the bike of accused Vijay from behind causing his mother, who was riding pillion, to fall down. An angry Vijay then intercepted the bus and entered it with helmet in hand. He allegedly rained blows on Kumar using his helmet and a fire extinguisher kept in the bus. The driver was then dragged out of the bus and attacked till he fell unconscious, a senior police officer said.
None of the 30 passengers in the bus intervened. Before fleeing the crime scene, Vijay reportedly threatened bus conductor Manjeet with dire consequences if he reported the incident to the police.
After he left, the police control room was informed and the driver was taken to a nearby private hospital where he succumbed to serious internal injuries, the officer said.
Doctors at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital where the body was taken later told the police there were no external injuries. An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death will be conducted on Monday.
The incident reportedly occurred at around 9.30am near Metro pillar number 541 on Rohtak Road when the bus was headed towards Bahadurgarh in Haryana from Karampura in central Delhi.
The deceased, a native of Bahadurgarh, is survived by his mother Kitabo Devi, wife Rakesh and children Ajay and Varsha. “My grandmother and mother are still unaware of our father’s death. He was the only earning member in our family,” said Ajay who is pursuing BA degree course from Rohtak. Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai met the family and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
A case of murder and attack on a public servant was registered against Vijay, a resident of Mundka. Some eyewitnesses said there were two attackers.