An Uber taxi driver was shot dead, allegedly by one of two teenaged boys who hired his car in Delhi Wednesday afternoon.
The boys — one a 16-year-old and the other 17 — were held by Delhi Police Friday morning after the body of the driver, Kuldeep Thakur, was recovered from a field near Hiran Kudna village in Mundka. The boys study in Class XI in a government school.
Police said Thakur, a native of Himachal Pradesh, lived with his nephew in Andrews Ganj and was affiliated to both Uber and Ola. His alleged assailant and his friend were apprehended from their residences in Najafgarh after tracking Thakur’s last booking through Uber.
According to police, the boy shot Thakur twice after an argument, dumped the body at a secluded place and drove away in the car. They even took off the car’s registration plates to cover their tracks and hid it inside the boot of the vehicle.
The incident took place Wednesday afternoon and came to light Thursday morning, after residents of Najafgarh informed police about a cab parked on a road for hours. Thakur’s body was found in a nearby field Friday morning, after the boys allegedly told police where they had dumped it.
Joint Commissioner of Police, southwestern range, Deependra Pathak, told The Indian Express: “Police recovered the car Thursday morning from an isolated place in Najafgarh. Police found bloodstains on the car seat… the vehicle had no number plate. The forensic examination team found the number plate from the boot of the car. Police informed Thakur’s family and approached the cab service concerned to obtain details of the bookings.”
Kuldeep’s family told police that he had left for work Wednesday but had not come back. Investigation revealed that Kuldeep’s taxi had been booked by a youth from Najafgarh. The police soon zeroed in on one of the accused teenagers. During questioning, he admitted to the crime and also disclosed the name of the other accused.
According to police, Thakur and the two minor boys got into an argument after the victim objected to “taken around in circles”. They also exchanged words after the boys made fun of Mandi, the place from where Thakur hailed.
“The boys did not have a specific destination and they kept going around in circles. The driver protested and this led to an argument. This escalated into a scuffle, after which Thakur stopped the car. Suddenly, one of the minors took out his firearm and shot Thakur twice. The bullets hit him on his temple and in the neck,” said a police officer.
“During questioning, the juveniles admitted to the crime. We recovered the victim’s body after they told us where they had dumped it,” said Pathak, adding that police were still looking for the murder weapon.