Delhi e-rickshaw driver beaten to death: ‘Why was he killed… for promoting Swachh Bharat?’

Sitting outside the jhuggi, Kumar’s father, a retired Delhi Police constable, holds his son’s picture in his shaking hands.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 6:12 am
Kumar came home for lunch but did not tell anyone about the altercation, his father said. Abhishek Angad

At their one-room jhuggi behind Kishore market across Gate no 4 of GTB Nagar Metro station, Ravindra Kumar’s wife Reena sleeps on the floor, refusing to talk to anyone. She is a few months pregnant. The couple had celebrated their first anniversary just two weeks ago. “They’ve been married for a year… Everything is gone now. We haven’t even made their wedding album yet,” says Sushila, Kumar’s mother. Sitting outside the jhuggi, Kumar’s father, a retired Delhi Police constable, holds his son’s picture in his shaking hands. He said Kumar came home for lunch on Saturday but did not tell anyone about the altercation with the two men.

“We could have helped him and averted the incident… Why was he killed? For promoting our Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan?” he asks. Kumar’s brother, Vijender, who was with his brother minutes after the incident, says, “They beat him like animals… My brother did not want to go the hospital so we returned midway. I did not understand how much pain he was in… he didn’t tell me either,” he says. On Sunday evening, Kumar’s friends gather near the GTB Nagar Metro station and talk about how he was good at managing passengers and traffic.

Echoing the drivers, ASI Rambilas of Delhi Traffic Police said, “We challaned many e-rickshaw drivers for not following traffic rules. But Kumar made sure that there was no traffic issues due to e-rickshaw movement.” Anish, an e-rickshaw driver, says even Kumar had rebuked them too for urinating in the open. “It was due to his efforts that drivers quit urinating in the open and started using the public toilet,” he adds.

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    Preeti
    May 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    So no outrage here since it has nothing to do with cows! Why aren't opposition and media crooks flocking to condemn this outrageous behavior. Clearly it is all because of Modi and his constant talk about Swach Bharat that this man lost his life.
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      XYZ
      Jun 1, 2017 at 10:53 am
      there is no harm in swach bharat but it is merely a cosmetic thing. unless and until kids are trained to clean their own toilets (in an, students clean the toilets at their schools) and respect the dignity of labour, only then will swach bharat begin to make sense. otherwise, folks will continue to toss their cups anywhere, spit anywhere, and the indian habit of paan and spitting constantly, throw empty plastic bottles from moving cars, anything...unless and until swach bharat is inculcated from kindergarten - it will simply be a name and nothing else
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      Aam Aadhmi
      May 29, 2017 at 4:13 am
      अबे धिमाक खो बिता क्या| रिक्शा को कौन मारा?
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