Auto-rickshaw drivers gathered outside a police station in North Delhi on Tuesday to protest the arrest of another driver whose vehicle was stolen by three persons.
Auto-rickshaw drivers, members of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and other auto-rickshaw unions protested outside Kashmere Gate police station around 10 am, demanding that driver Awadesh Sahni be released.
Police said Sahni had been arrested for misappropriating the auto-rickshaw. “Awadesh Sahni was arrested under charges of misappropriating the vehicle under section 408 (criminal breach of trust by a servant or a clerk with property entrusted in his care). The owner of the auto-rickshaw filed a complaint saying his vehicle had been misappropriated. The matter will be decided by the courts,” a senior police officer at the Kashmere Gate police station said.
However, protesters claimed that Sahni’s vehicle had been stolen. But, they alleged, police had arrested him instead for stealing the vehicle, which he had rented. “Awadesh Sahni had been driving an auto-rickshaw on rent. On Sunday, while he was driving from Kashmere Gate Metro station to trans-Yamuna area, three persons pretending to be passengers sat in the auto-rickshaw. When they reached Chandergram Akhada, they beat him up and threw him out of the vehicle. They then drove off. When Sahni went to the Kashmere Gate police station to report the incident, he was arrested for stealing the vehicle and cooking up a story to hide the truth,” Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh president Rajinder Soni said.
The protest was called off after senior police officers of North Delhi district intervened and assured that the matter would be investigated.