E-rickshaw driver beaten to death: Police pick up suspect from UP, he admits there was an argument

The suspect was caught on CCTV buying alcohol from a liquor shop a few metres from GTB Nagar Metro station, before he had an altercation with Kumar.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral , Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 9:15 am
E-rickshaw driver beaten, delhi police, delhi crimes, india news Outside Kumar’s home in GTB Nagar; a relative with his wedding photograph. Praveen Khanna

Three days after an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death in northwest Delhi, police has traced one of the suspects in the case. The suspect was being questioned till late Tuesday night. Ravinder Kumar, 31, was beaten to death about seven hours after he asked two people not to urinate in public. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday asked police to bring the culprits to book. The suspect was caught on CCTV buying alcohol from a liquor shop a few metres from GTB Nagar Metro station, before he had an altercation with Kumar.

Police said the suspect, who was picked up from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, admitted during initial questioning that he had a heated argument with Kumar around 1.30 pm on Saturday. However, he denied his involvement in Kumar’s murder, and said he headed to take an exam after the argument, police said. Police said they looked at the admit card of a student who appeared for an examination at Kirori Mal College the same day. Police believe the suspect went there after the argument, but it is yet to be ascertained if the person buying liquor and the one caught on CCTV entering KMC are the same.

Police are also yet to ascertain if the suspect is a student of KMC, or of the School of Open Learning, which also had its exam at the college the same day. “We showed the admit card of a student, suspected to have had an argument with Kumar, to e-rickshaw drivers. This information, along with CCTV footage from the liquor shop, helped trace the suspect,” police said. A team was sent to Muzaffarnagar and the suspect was questioned at his residence. “He was questioned in front of his parents and he admitted that he had an argument with Kumar. He claimed he left the spot afterwards and went to take an exam. He also claimed he did not return to the spot,” police sources said.

The suspect was questioned again when he reached Delhi. Kumar was beaten to death at 8.30 pm by a group of about 20 people, who used bricks wrapped in a towel as a weapon. With calls to nab the culprits growing, police had prepared a sketch of the suspect and showed it to people in 30 paying guest accommodations in Mukherjee Nagar, but in vain Police also questioned an e-rickshaw driver who had been involved in a fight with Kumar about a month ago.

“That driver started parking at a spot Kumar considered his own, and the two got into a fight. But other e-rickshaw drivers claimed the matter was resolved then,” police said Police have also analysed call detail records of over 100 students, who were within 2 km of the crime spot. The Crime Branch is working with the district police to crack the case DCP (Crime Branch) Madhur Verma said, “We have questioned some people who were present at the spot.”

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    Mayank Gupta
    May 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm
    In Haryana and UP it is a very common culture for friends to go together and beat a person to death. About 20 people form groups who stay together through thick and thin and then if anyone feels being abused or hurt by anyone or if one of the group members likes a girl who is with another boy, then the entire group goes to beat that fellow to death. In Haryana after the incident, the dead body can very easily be hidden in some empty land or forest. But the poor fellows didn't realise it is not possible in Delhi.
    1. mimi sur
      May 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm
      why don't police and news papers name and shame the culprits ? Is our "minority" brothers who are 400 millions in number involved in it ?
      1. P
        May 31, 2017 at 8:19 am
        Case must be solved. Guilty must be punished to the maximum, within law.
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          subhasis ghosh
          May 31, 2017 at 8:16 am
          This is really a very sad case. I hope that the murders are arrested quickly and brought to justice. We salute the courage of Ravinder Kumar. I would request our PM to ins ute a Swach Bharat trophy in his memory for all those who parti te in the movement.
          1. N
            May 31, 2017 at 7:48 am
            People nor following swatch bharat abhiyaan or making fun it are worse than terrorists. Their actions lead to infections, kil lakhs of innocent people in process.
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