To avoid paying a fare of 180, four youths and a 12-year-old boy had allegedly murdered an auto-driver Dilip Kumar Pandey, whose battered body was found on the roadside in Krishna Nagar on Sunday. The five accused were arrested on Tuesday after cops got a tipoff from a local man during the probe.
Those arrested were identified as Anshu Khan, 24, Faisal Ahmad, 19, Sameer Ahmad Khan, 19, Adnan alias Manna, 18 and the minor boy, all residents of Kanshiram Shahari Garib Yojana colony. They stay barely 300-400 metres away from the crime scene.
“We were shocked after the accused revealed the motive behind the murder. They all caught hold of the auto-driver and battered him to death with bricks and stones, as they did not want to pay the fare of Rs. 180,” said Vikas Pandey, inspector of Krishna Nagar police station. He said the minor boy was also present when the crime was committed and was convinced not to disclose it to anybody.
Pandey said Anshu Khan and Faisal Ahmad had allegedly motivated others to commit the crime.
“The youths and the minor had on Saturday night gone for a function organised before the Barawafat procession to be taken out from Aminabad. They hired the auto from Charbagh while returning home around 1.50 on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. They intentionally hired the deceased’s auto, as they felt that they could overpower him easily,” said Pandey while sharing sequence of the crime.
The inspector said the autodriver had requested them to release him and even offered to go without the fare but the youths battered him to death after dragging him out of the auto. The accused believed that the driver would approach the police, if left alive.
He said, “The criminal mentality of the youths could be gauged from the fact that they damaged the driver’s eyes and face so that he could not recognise their faces even if he managed to survive.”
The accused walked down to their houses after committing the murder, he said. Cops traced the assailants, as one of the locals had seen them walking down to their house during wee hours. Besides, some autodrivers had also informed the police about the youths’ physical appearance when they hired the tempo in Charbagh.