Auto-rickshaw driver stabbed to death over charging extra fare: Police
A 26-year-old autorickshaw driver was stabbed to death allegedly by his passengers for charging extra fare at night and for carrying an additional passenger at Connaught Place in New Delhi, police said today. The incident took place yesterday. Around 11:30 pm, a patrolling police team spotted the injured driver near a restaurant at KG Marg, after which he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
The deceased, identified as Jahangir Alam, died while undergoing treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Meanwhile, a man, who had allegedly stabbed the auto driver, was apprehended by the public at Balwant Rai Mehta Lane, said an officer of Tilak Marg police station. A blood-stained knife was also recovered from his possession. The accused was a resident of Dakshin Puri.
During interrogation, police learned that four men had hired the auto from Khanpur to go to Connaught Place. On the way, a dispute erupted between the driver and the passengers over the former charging a higher fare at night and carrying an extra passenger.
After the interrogation, two more accused, both residents of Dakshin Puri, were also arrested, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Madhur Verma said. The police are verifying if the accused are juveniles. Further investigation is underway. According to Delhi Police data, 62 of the 337 killings (18.39%) reported in Delhi till September 15 this year were triggered by sudden provocation over trivial issues.