Trader beaten to death in road rage case

April 2nd, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) In an apparent case of road rage, a 25-year-old man was beaten to death by five unidentified men as he tried to stop them from assaulting the driver of the vehicle in which he was transporting goods in northeast Delhi Thursday afternoon, the police said.
Hari Om, who traded in used tyres and tubes, was on his way to his shop in a goods carrying three-wheeler along with driver Anil and helper Pramod when he had a heated argument with the five men riding in a Maruti Alto, in Gokulpuri area around 12.30 p.m.

The eyewitnesses told the police that occupants of the Alto car badly beat up Hari Om before escaping from the spot. The police rushed Hari Om to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“According to the passers-by, the argument broke out on a trivial issue. They said the Karawal Nagar road was blocked due to some sort of jam and occupants of the Alto car asked the three-wheeler driver to take his vehicle back,” said a police official.

However, Anil refused, saying the reverse gear of his vehicle was not working. At this, the occupants of the car turned furious and tried to beat him but Hari Om intervened. At this, the men assaulted him instead, the official said, adding that both Anil and Pramod somehow managed to flee from the spot.

Later, the accused also fled from the scene.

The police have registered a case. “We have launched a search for the accused,” the official said.

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