Delhi E-rickshaw driver beaten to death for opposing public urination

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NEW DELHI: A 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death allegedly by some men after he objected to them urinating outside the GTB Nagar Metro Station.

Mr Ravinder Kumar, had on Saturday objected to two young men urinating on the road near his e-rickshaw stand next to a metro station in north Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. The infuriated men threatened him and returned hours later in a larger group and beat him with brass metal and towels filled with stones for at least 20 minutes, his family and friends said.

He was attacked at about 8.30 in the evening near the crowded station, but no one came forward to rescue Mr Kumar. He died late Saturday night.

Ravinder Kumar with his wife

According to another witness, the boys were possibly from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College as one of the E-rickshaw drivers dropped them in front of that college in the evening.

A case has been registered and teams have been formed to nab the accused.

Police are trying to find CCTV footage from the area to identify the accused.

But there was a cruel irony that went unnoticed:

Kumar never had a toilet at his own home, and had to rely on an ill-maintained public toilet meant for Kishore Market jhuggis. Half of the toilets in the complex, residents said, are not functional, and for the last year-and-a-half, no authority has taken responsibility for its maintenance.

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu stated that he has demanded severe action against the guilty parties.

While talking over the appalling and disgraceful event on Monday, Venkaiah Naidu stated, “Spoke to police commissioner and asked him to take strongest action possible against the culprits.”