Two men on Wednesday morning set a Fortuner SUV on fire in West Delhi Subhash Nagar allegedly in a case of road rage. Both men were arrested.
The men, Saurabh Makhija and Manmeet Singh, had their faces covered when arrived in a Chevrolet Cruze car and set the SUV afire to avenge an alleged argument they had with the son of the owner of the Fortuner over rash driving and overtaking some two hours ago. The two were arrested on Wednesday.
Locals and the SUV owner’s family initially thought it to be an accidental fire. But when they examined the footage of a CCTV camera installed near the incident spot, they found that two men had deliberately burnt down their car. The crime was captured on the camera.
A police officer said that the matter came to light around 4.30 am when the Fortuner’s owner Vineet Makol found his four-wheeler on fire and raised an alarm. Locals rushed out of their homes and one of them called the police and fire control rooms. A fire tender reached the spot and doused the flames within 20 minutes, said police.
“Malok checked the CCTV camera footage. The footage shows two men arriving in a Cruze car and stopping near the Fortuner. The two with their faces covered reached near the SUV with a bottle in their hand. They poured some oil on the vehicle and then set it on fire before fleeing in their car,” said a police officer.
A case was registered and investigation initiated. Makol in his complaint told police that on Tuesday evening, he along with his family members had gone to visit Hanuman temple in Connaught Place. Around 11 pm, they were returning home and had reached near Rajouri Garden when a Cruze car overtook his Fortuner in a rash and negligent manner.
“When Makol objected to the rash driving, an argument broke out between them. The two parties then left the place. Makol reached home and parked his vehicle outside his home. Around 1.40 am, he woke up after hearing some sound outside his home. He opened the window and found his vehicle on fire,” the officer added.
During the investigation, the police scanned the camera footage and identified the owner of the Cruze car. The car was found to be registered in the name of Gaurav Makhija. Makjija was contacted and he told police that at the time of the incident, his brother Saurabh Makhija was driving the car.
Saurabh was arrested and he disclosed that his friend Manmeet Singh was with him when they set the Fortuner on fire. Singh was also arrested.
They told police that they followed the Fortuner after the argument.