Blueline bus driver killed over broken rear view mirror

September 3rd, 2008 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) An apparent victim of road rage, a 30-year-old blueline bus driver died after he was beaten up by four people in west Delhi over a broken rear view mirror of their car. The incident took place 4.30 p.m. Tuesday at main Rohtak road.

Mahabir Singh, bus conductor, told the police: “The incident occurred last evening (Tuesday) when the blueline bus was returning to the old Delhi railway station. At main Rohtak road, a Chevrolet Optra overtook the bus and stopped in front of it.”

“The car driver then pulled out the driver, Mukesh Kumar and while pointing out to the broken rear view mirror on the left side asked him - who will pay for it?” the conductor said.

The car was being driven by Naveen Kalra, a chemist by profession.

“The conductor told us that the car occupant claimed that it was their bus that had broken the mirror. A heated argument took place. Kalra made a few calls and within minutes three more people arrived at the spot,” a police official said.

The conductor said they were not armed but they surrounded the driver and suddenly started beating him. He tried to intervene but fled after they threatened him.

The conductor then informed about the incident to a police control room (PCR) van.

“By the time the PCR van reached the spot, the accused had run away with his friends and the bus driver was lying unconscious. Mukesh was taken to Sanjay Gandhi hospital,” the official added.

Mukesh was later shifted to Maharaja Agrasen hospital where he succumbed to injuries late in the evening.

“All his injuries were internal and there were no external injuries. We are waiting for the final post mortem report to ascertain the cause of death.

“The conductor had noted down the number of Naveen’s car. Kalra, who is a resident of Vikas Puri, has been arrested,” the official said.

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