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Delhi auto killers: ‘Cars whizzed by, no one stopped to help’

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.

delhi Updated: Apr 23, 2017 10:15 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi crime,Autorickshaw crushes man
Around 4.30am on Friday, 24-year-old Mohd Nafeez was thrown out of a moving auto near Akshardham Mandir in east Delhi after

Around 4.30am on Friday, 24-year-old Mohd Nafeez was thrown out of a moving auto near Akshardham Mandir in east Delhi after resisting a robbery attempt.

Moments earlier, his brother, Mohd Hafeez, 25, too had been flung out the same auto by the two men trying to rob them.

Shocked initially, Nafeez regained his composure and immediately rushed to the aide of his brother.

“I had heard a loud cry from my brother the moment he was thrown out. I feared that he might have been run over by the auto. So, I started calling out to him. But there was no response,” Nafeez said from LBS Hospital where Hafeez’s body was taken for postmortem.

Hafeez’s head had been crushed when Nafeez reached him. A desperate Nafeez then turned to motorists driving by for help. But his pleas were allegedly met with the same cold response that people in distress in the national capital frequently experience.

“A number of cars whizzed past, but no one stopped. Only six-seven motorists stopped to listen to what had happened. But no one offered help. One car driver even sped away claiming that he would intercept the auto,” said Nafeez.

Nafeez then pulled out his own mobile phone and called the police and his uncle who lives in Ghaziabad. “The police arrived 45 minutes later and took us to a hospital, where my brother was declared brought dead,” said Nafeez.

Hafeez and Nafeez worked at a steel utensils manufacturing unit in Badarpur and earned around Rs 7,000 each. They were returning to Delhi after a visit to Lakhimpur Kheri in UP to appear in their Class 10 and Class 11 exams.

Nafeez said that they got down from the bus around 4am at Shastri Park and flagged down an auto to take them to badarpur. The auto driver asked for Rs 200.

“The low fare did not strike me as unusual as there was already a passenger in the back seat and the driver said he would pick one more passenger,” said Nafeez.

When the auto reached the Akshardham Flyover, the driver and the passengers allegedly tried to rob the brothers, but faced resistance. “We had our phones, cash and bags containing clothes. How could we have parted with the only belongings we had in this city,” said Nafeez amidst tears.

He added that he did not want to live in Delhi anymore.

“Hafeez was my source of strength. I do not want to return to Delhi after his cremation,” said Nafeez.

Delhi Police are yet to identify or arrest any of the three accused.

First Published: Apr 22, 2017 00:05 IST