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Delhi: Auto driver crushes man’s head after trying to rob him in Mayur Vihar

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 21-04-2017

A 25-year-old man was crushed to death by an auto rickshaw in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar early on Friday after the driver of the three-wheeler had an altercation with him and his brother, following an alleged robbery attempt.

Hafeez’s head was crushed after being run over by the vehicle and he died on the spot, as his brother Rafeez stood shocked. The accused could not be identified as Rafeez was not in a state to note the auto’s registration number, and there were no CCTV cameras installed along the stretch of road.

Rafeez later told the police that the auto driver allegedly tried to rob them which led to a scuffle.

Hafeez and Rafeez, hailing from Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, had come to the national capital to work as labourers. Around 4am on Friday, they got down from a bus in northeast Delhi’s Seelampur area and hired an auto to visit Badarpur in south Delhi where their friends live.

“Apart from the two brothers, the auto driver picked another passenger who too was headed to Badarpur,” said Omvir Singh, DCP (East).

When the auto reached a flyover near Yamuna Pushta around 4.30am, the driver raised a dispute with the two brothers. In anger, the driver allegedly pushed the two brothers out of the auto and rained blows and kicks on them.

“When the brothers tried to fight back, the driver pushed Hafeez on the road and drove the auto over him,” the officer said.

Police have not registered a case of murder. “Based on the evidence so far, we have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder,” the DCP said.

Whether it was a robbery attempt as alleged by Rafeez or a quarrel over the auto fare is yet to be confirmed, he said, noting that the deceased had Rs 1,150 and a mobile phone with him at the time of the crime. “That was not found stolen.”

Whether the third passenger was the auto driver’s associate who helped him with the alleged robbery is also yet to be probed.

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