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Mansa resident held for killing taxi driver

By, Mohali
Aug 08, 2023 04:19 AM IST

The taxi driver who was stabbed to death in Mullanpur on July 31 was murdered by a robber, who was planning to snatch his car by posing as a passenger, police said on Sunday after cracking the case

A week after a passenger murdered a taxi driver by slitting his throat following an altercation in Mullanpur, Mohali police arrested a Mansa resident on Sunday.

The accused, identified as Raju Singh, hailing from Mansa, has been arrested and the knife used in the crime recovered. (iStock)
The accused, identified as Raju Singh, hailing from Mansa, has been arrested and the knife used in the crime recovered. (iStock)

The taxi driver who was stabbed to death in Mullanpur on July 31 was murdered by a robber, who was planning to snatch his car by posing as a passenger, police said on Sunday after cracking the case.

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The accused, identified as Raju Singh, hailing from Mansa, has been arrested and the knife used in the crime recovered.

According to police, Raju stabbed the victim, Dharampal, 35, a resident of Zirakpur, thrice in the back and neck.

DSP Dharamvir Singh said the accused hired the cab from the Sector-43 ISBT in Chandigarh. “After reaching Mullanpur, the accused tried to snatch Dharampal’s car and when he resisted, he stabbed him twice in the back and once in the neck, injuring him critically. As Dharampal ran out of the car for help, the accused fled the spot on foot, dropping his robbery plan,” the DSP said.

Dharampal, who hailed for Rajasthan, where his wife and two kids live, had run towards the main road and stopped a commuter for help, before collapsing on the road and dying due to excessive bleeding, he added.

Mullanpur police have booked the accused under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. He is already facing two criminal cases, including one of Arms Act, in Punjab, said police.

Notably, this is the second such case in Mohali in three months. On May 3, through a similar modus operandi, two Class-4 employees of a private hospital in Mohali had stabbed a cab driver to death after booking a ride and dumped his body in a manhole before making off with the vehicle.

The victim, Dayanand Sharma, 21, hailed from Una in Himachal Pradesh and was living in Phase 7, Mohali. The accused, Resham Singh, 22, alias Naib Singh, of Giana village in Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, and Punjabdeep Singh, 23, of Sahnewala village, Mansa, were arrested two weeks later.

Cab drivers to go on strike on August 10

To draw attention to their safety concerns, tricity cab drivers under the Cab Auto Union Front have decided to go off roads on August 10, when they will also launch an indefinite hunger strike in Sector 25. Five leaders of the front will go on hunger strike, while other members will stall cab services in support.

The front, which includes taxi and auto unions of the tricity, have voiced discontent with both the civic administration and private cab companies for ignoring their safety.

Inderjeet Singh, president, Azad Taxi Union Chandigarh, said the drivers, who were affiliated with private companies focused on improving travel convenience, felt compelled to protest due to the escalating feelings of insecurity.

He pointed out that in the past, taxi drivers underwent police verification. However, nowadays, anyone can simply create an ID on private company apps and begin operating a cab, posing a safety risk for both the driver and the passenger. Singh said companies openly humiliated them over issues such as taxation, commissions, rentals and security, leading to significant debt and even loss of life. He mentioned that following the Covid outbreak, all offices of these private cab companies had closed down, leaving no avenue for them to voice their issues and apprehensions.

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