E-rickshaw driver lynching: No arrests yet, Delhi police scan CCTV footage
The Delhi Police is yet to identify the students who beat a 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver to death in north Delhi’s GTB Nagar on Saturday evening for stopping them from urinating in public.
The victim, Ravinder, had objected to two youths urinating on the roadside. He was later beaten to death allegedly with iron knuckles and stones wrapped in towels by the duo and their friends.
“Even though the footage from CCTVs installed in a liquor shop and around show round 15-20 youths near the crime spot, cops are yet to established if they were involved in the lynching,” said Milind Dumbere, DVP (North-West).
The family members of the victim, however, alleged that those seen in the CCTV of a liquor shop had murdered the driver. “We are trying to establish the connection between the footage of the liquor shops and lynching. Probe is on,” said Dumbere.
Sources said that most of the CCTV cameras installed at the location were out-of-order when the crime took place and the police are now relying on the footage from private CCTVs installed in a few shops nearby.
The police have already formed multiple teams to investigate the case and are trying to identify the killers.
Initial investigation revealed that the two youths with whom Ravinder had an argument over urinating in public had later taken an auto to go to Kirori Mal College. The police said they are trying to find out if the accused could be college students.
“So far, none of the CCTVs have captured the actual footage of the lynching,” an officer said.
According to police Ravinder noticed two youths, who appeared to be students, urinating on the roadside. “Ravinder was fed up of this and told them that their habit led to bad smell and poor hygiene in the area,” said a police officer.
An argument ensued in which the youths threatened Ravinder and said they would come back with their friends. They returned around 8pm with around a fifteen youths who allegedly went on to thrash Ravinder.
When they left the crime spot, Ravinder managed to call his brother, who rushed to him and took him home. But by the time they reached.
Ravinder’s condition had begun to worsen and he was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital where he was declared brought dead.
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- The move comes after it was found during an inspection that bars at some establishments were using liquor and beer bottles which did not have 2D bar-code and those that were not readable.