The police are looking for the father of one of the boys who killed 50-year-old Uber cab driver in west Delhi’s Mundka. The man has reportedly gone underground with the murder weapon — a revolver.
Two juveniles killed Kuldeep Thakur after an argument over a trivial taunt over native places on Wednesday.
Investigators decided to charge the father under section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code.
A separate FIR may be filed against him if it is found that the revolver used to kill Thakur was without a licence or a fake licence.
The police said the man could have procured a valid licence for his gun from any state using forged documents.
“The man was declared a habitual criminal by the west Delhi police for his involvement in repeat offences. It is certain that the licence for his gun was not issued in Delhi. Delhi Police’s licensing unit carries out thorough verification of gun licence applicants,” said a senior investigating officer.
The police learnt that the absconding man works as a security officer of the grandson for the Nizam of Hyderabad. A team is being sent to Hyderabad to trace the teenager’s father and raids are being conducted in Delhi-NCR.
He has switched off his phone and is probably using another mobile number to contact his family and well-wishers.
The teenager told police that after killing Thakur, he returned the gun to his father who was on a brief visit to Delhi from Hyderabad.
Some police officers believe that the father might be unaware of the crime when he left the city with the gun. Others say he is intentionally avoiding police interrogation as he knows he will be booked for his son’s crime.
The two main accused have been sent to a correction home for boys. Investigators are in the process of collecting evidence against them to make a watertight case.
The revolver will be crucial evidence in the case, though investigators believe the mobile phone details provided by them for booking Thakur’s cab would be enough to prove them guilty in court.
Deependra Pathak, joint CP (southwestern range), told HT that they had already written to the JJ Board, seeking approval to treat the juveniles as adults. “The principal magistrate will take the final decision on our request. If permitted, we would send the teenagers to Tihar jail and not in the correction home for juvenile accused,” he said.
On Wednesday, Thakur was accepting bookings for Uber passengers for the first time. At around 4pm, the two boys booked his taxi to reach Hiran Kudna area from Mundka.
On the way, an argument broke out between him and the boys over a trivial taunt over their native places after which Thakur was shot. His body was dumped in a paddy field while the taxi was abandoned about 12 kilometers ahead in Najafgarh.