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Auto driver robs another to fund rent of his vehicle, held

Frustrated with paying a major chunk of his daily earnings as rent towards the auto-rickshaw that he drove, Manoj, 22, along with his friend, Sombir, 24, planned the robbery.

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2018 23:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Frustrated with paying a major chunk of his daily earnings as rent towards the auto-rickshaw that he drove, Manoj, 22, along with his friend, Sombir, 24, planned the robbery.

Delhi police arrested an auto-rickshaw driver and a temporary DJB worker for allegedly robbing another auto-rickshaw driver in New Friends Colony in the early hours of Sunday.

Frustrated with paying a major chunk of his daily earnings as rent towards the auto-rickshaw that he drove, Manoj, 22, along with his friend, Sombir, 24, planned the robbery. However, the police were able to trace the two men to Faridabad with the help of a GPS device that was installed in the auto-rickshaw, police said. Investigation revealed that Manoj was out on bail in a 2015 rape case.

“Manoj told us that his average daily earning after ferrying passengers for seven to eight hours was Rs 1,000, out of which Rs 700-800 was paid as rent. The money he was left with was not enough to meet his needs. He thought that if he had a vehicle of his own, he could keep all the money he made in a day to himself,” said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (South East).

Manoj found the opportunity in the early hours of Sunday. He and Sombir took an auto-rickshaw from Kamla Market to Faridabad.

“On their way they discussed among themselves that since it was dark, they could run away with the vehicle if they overpowered the driver. Around 3 am, when they reached Ashram Chowk, Manoj told the auto-rickshaw driver, Sudama, to deviate from the agreed route leading to an argument between him and the auto-rickshaw driver,” said Biswal.

After a heated argument, Manoj and Sombir assaulted Sudama, took away his mobile and Rs 850 that he was carrying in his pocket and fled with the auto-rickshaw.

“We checked the GPS coordinates and it showed the position of robbed auto-rickshaw at Badarpur. A police team reached the location but was unable to find the vehicle. With the help of the GPS device providing company, we made some technical adjustments to refine the search and then found that the vehicle was in Sector 37, Faridabad,” said Biswal.

A police team camped around the vehicle on Monday evening and when Manoj came to drive it away, he was arrested. Then he led the police to Sombir’s house, who was also arrested.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 23:24 IST