Delhi: E-rickshaw driver beaten to death for opposing public urination; Venkaiah Naidu calls for strict action against culprits

Venkaiah Naidu asked Delhi Police to take strict action against the culprits as the man killed was promoting Swachh Bharat

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 3:26 pm
 venkaiah naidu, e-rickshaw driver killed, swachh bharat, rickshaw driver killed in delhi, delhi-e-rickshaw driver killed, public urination, man beaten to death in delhi, delhi news, indian express New Delhi: Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu  (PTI Photo)

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed his anguish after a 31-year-old e-rickshaw driver was bludgeoned to death for stopping two people from urinating in public in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area. “Sad that an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping 2 people from urinating in public in Delhi. He was promoting Swachh Bharat,” Naidu tweeted. The Urban Development, Housing Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting Minister also said he had spoken to police commissioner and asked him to take stringent action against the culprits.

According to the Delhi Police, Ravindra Kumar raised objections against the men urinating outside Gate number 4 of the GTB Nagar Metro station and asked them to use the Sulabh Shauchalaya (Sulabh toilet), which was barely five metres away. Taking umbrage at his reaction, the men threatened to teach him a lesson, police said. Subsequently, they returned to the spot seven hours later along with 20 other men and mounted an assault on the driver.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere said no arrests have been made so far in connection to the case and that an investigation is underway. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused are Delhi University students, but we are yet to determine which college they study in. Prima facie, the driver died of internal injuries,” he told the Indian Express.

Narrating Kumar’s ordeal, Anish, another driver, said, “The incident took place within 10 minutes. Most of us were busy ferrying passengers. When I came back to the station after a trip, I found Kumar lying on the ground surrounded by the men. They were hitting him with bricks wrapped in towels. Another driver, Manoj, rushed to call Kumar’s brother, Vijender, but the mob fled by then.”

Vijender said he immediately took his brother to a hospital, but was forced to return midway after Kumar objected to it.“He was in pain but said he did not want to go to the hospital. We came back home and our mother started massaging him. A few minutes later, he drank mango juice and vomited. He complained of uneasiness and collapsed,” he said.

His family then rushed him to Hindu Rao Hospital, where doctors pronounced him brought dead.

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    Mallikarjuna Sharma
    Jun 5, 2017 at 8:12 am
    Also regulations and rules should be framed that any commercial establishment or government office should provide restrooms free of charge to the public. Public toilets (free of cost, not the hated pay and use ones) should be provided for every 100-200 meters distance at least. This pay and use culture has further aggravated the problems. Earlier at least nasty public toilets were available but now all of them demolished for these bloody pay and use ones which too are at considerable distances. And when urinals at least should be free those are also charged and I know of women being charged as much as Rs. 5/- (instead of the fixed Rs. 2/) by the keepers of these toilets. Without providing such infrastructure how can the government boast about Swaccha Bharat in the first place?
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      Mallikarjuna Sharma
      Jun 5, 2017 at 8:08 am
      Perhaps if he was taken immediately to hospital, he might have survived!? And the police did not arrive until he is dead? Nobody complained to the police. Whoever be the perpetrators they should be arrested, jailed without bail and strictly punished.
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        RR
        May 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm
        This proves that merely holding degrees does not make educated. It is a shameful to see that college going lads emerge as criminals who can kill even of being suggested good civilized thing. Instead of these guys, had this rickshawala been given opportunity to live better and get educated, he would prove himself more worthy citizen of this nation. What kind of kids are taking brith? Or if they are kids of human or mosquitoes? Give them toughest punishment. This country is setting records of finishing its good people, where criminals and rowdies are feasting upon better citizens.
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          sapan
          May 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm
          CBI needs to investigate many of the comments here. Looks like they are paid anti Hindu trolls or terrorists trying to spread hatred and division.
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            srinivas reddy
            May 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm
            pukkaiah jadu should make his home toilet available 24 hrs for everybody
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              SAMAR
              May 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm
              IF THE KILLERS OF THE DRIVER ARE STUDENTS THEN THEIR EXCESSESS SHOW THAT HOW LEAST AWARE AND CRIMINALLY INCLINED OUR EDUCATED SOCIETY HAS BECOME NOWADAYS. A RICKSHAWALA WHO PASSED AWAY WAS MUCH LESSER EDUCATED THAN THE STUDENTS AND THE STUDENTS WHO ARE MORE EDUCATED ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO FATALLY INJURE ANYONE ON ACCOUNT OF A GENUINE OBJECTION,WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED. SUCH EDUCATED PEOPLE NEITHER DESERVE TO GET DEGREES FROM COLLEGES,NOR GET EMPLOYMENT.
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                Sunny
                May 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm
                Naiduj police is under your control. What type of punishment our bhakatas planned for public urination of cow
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                  tijju
                  May 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                  cow can urinate in public , dog urinates on our compound walls no punishment - and when human urinate - jail for him - ridiculous - RSS brahmnists making rest all indians as sudras worse than animals
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                    RR
                    May 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                    A dog can urinate in ur moth also...I hope you stand by ur belief and u must be allowing all to urinate on u...ur mindset gives enough proof of that!
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                  rakesh
                  May 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                  More people should take law in their own hand, stronger the country will be. Police, Judges, Politicians, Babus are all corrupt. Its like saying - take care of your own body as all the medicines are adulterated and provide no cure.
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