The BKC police on Saturday arrested two persons for allegedly killing an autorickshaw driver.
The driver was killed by the owner of a three-wheeler the driver had taken on rent on September 6 after the owner came to know that the driver had damaged his vehicle earlier in the day.
The police said the body of a man washed up on the shore of Mithi river on September 6. They identified the deceased as Ravishankar Yadav (32) by the auto badge found in his pocket.
During the investigation, the police found that Yadav was a resident of Gaondevi in Vakola. He used to drive an autorickshaw, owned by Baba Thakur, and he used to pay Thakur a rent for it.
Mumbai has at least a lakh autorickshaws and a large percentage of these are rented out to drivers for a mutually agreed fee.
“During our inquiry, we got a tip-off from a witness who had seen Yadav being thrashed by two persons with a weapon. When we probed further, we learnt that Thakur along with two rickshaw drivers, Shivakash Verma and Anikumar Singh, had assaulted Yadav with an iron rod,” said an investigator.
A senior police officer claimed that when the police questioned Verma and Singh, they revealed that they attacked Yadav at the behest of Thakur.
“The probe revealed that Yadav had damaged his rented autorickshaw and it infuriated Thakur who wanted to teach him a lesson but the accused ended up killing Yadav. Thakur then disposed the body and is still at large,” said the officer.
Verma and Singh have been arrested.