Hours after a resident of Mauli Jagran died following a scuffle with a Tata Safari driver over overtaking of vehicle, a large number of residents protested outside the Mauli Jagran police post, demanding arrest of the accused here on Wednesday.
The deceased was identified as Rohtash, 45. The incident was reported around 9 am on Wednesday, when Rohtash, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was on his way from Mauli Jagran towards Housing Board Chowk in a car. According to the police, he had an argument with Sanjeev Sharma, driver of a Tata Safari while he allegedly tried to overtake his vehicle near Peer Dargarh, on the periphery of Mauli Jagran. Sharma, who works in a shop in Sector 18, Chandigarh, was on his way to Chandigarh.
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The two had heated arguments, which turned violent as they entered into a scuffle. A compromise was reached between the two soon after, and Rohtash returned to his house in Mauli Jagran.
According to his family members, Rohtash complained of severe chest pain after he reached home, and was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where he died. His family alleged that the injuries that he suffered in the scuffle led to his death.
“We want justice. People who killed my husband should be punished, and send to jail. We will not cremate the body till the police arrest them,” said Rohtash’s wife at the Mauli Jagran police post. The protesters blocked the road leading to the police post by keeping Rohtash’s body.
“We have already registered a case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code at Manimajra Police Station, and the accused will be arrested soon,” said Assistant Superintendent of Police (East) Dr Guriqbal Singh, who urged the residents to call off the protest.
The post-mortem of the body was conducted at General Hospital, Sector 6, but the report was awaited. The protest was later called off by the residents after the police assured them of quick action, and the body was taken for cremation.