Delhi: Auto driver crushes man’s head after trying to rob him in Mayur Vihar
The victim’s brother said the unidentified auto driver had tried to rob them, leading to a scuffle. The police have registered a case but have yet to identify the accused.delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2017 21:49 IST
A 25-year-old man was crushed to death by an auto rickshaw at a flyover near Akshardham Mandir in east Delhi early on Friday after the driver of the three-wheeler had an altercation with him and his brother, following an alleged robbery attempt.
Employed at a factory in south Delhi’s Badarpur, the brothers, Hafeez and Nafeez, were returning to the city after a visit to their UP village wher they had gone to give their class 10 and 11 exams. The robbers, who remain unidentified, fled with a mobile phone and two bags belonging to the brothers.
The police, however, have only registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Omvir Singh, DCP (East), downplayed the crime claiming it could also be a case of fight over fare. “The deceased had Rs 1,150 and a mobile phone with him at the time of the crime. That was not found stolen,” the DCP had claimed on Friday morning.
But Nafeez, the brother who survived, had a different version. The two brothers had alighted from a bus at Anand Vihar around 4 am on Friday.
After negotiating with some auto drivers, one of them finally agreed to drop the brothers at Badarpur for Rs 200. “There was already a passenger in the back seat of the auto. Another passenger was picked on the way. The two of us were sandwiched between them,” Nafeez told HT.
As the auto was crossing the Akshardham flyover, the driver and the two other passengers allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the brothers to part with their belongings.
“When Hafeez and I tried to resist, one of the passengers put the knife on my throat while the other kept kicking my brother. The auto driver was a part of the robbery and he kept driving,” Nafeez alleged.
In the scuffle that ensued, Hafeez was kicked out of the running auto and he came under the wheels of the three-wheeler. Around 50 metres ahead, even Nafeez was thrown out of the running auto.
“I ran back to my brother to check if he was fine. But his head was crushed and his eyes were bulging out. He was dead,” said Nafeez.
The survivor was unable to note down the auto’s registration number, but he made a police call after which a team arrived and took the brothers to LBS Hospital in Mayur Vihar.
First Published: Apr 21, 2017 12:34 IST