Rs 50 auto fare costs man his life

A 22-year old youth was allegedly stabbed to death by an autorickshaw driver over a fight on payment of `50 extra in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh, police said on Wednesday.

The deceased’s friend was also allegedly attacked by the driver and is undergoing treatment. The accused has not yet been identified or arrested.
The incident happened on late Sunday night, when the deceased, Izhar, alias Sameer, and Javed, who work with a footwear manufacturing factory at Madipur village, were returning from somewhere.
According to the police, Izhar was declared brought dead at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, while Javed discharged after treatment for minor slash wounds.
“Izhar and another colleague Shabhan Khan had gone for an outing at around 7 pm on Sunday. They returned late in an autorickshaw to their rented accommodation near the factory, when Javed saw them exchanging heated words with the autorickshaw driver,” said a police official.
The autorickshaw driver was apparently asking for `50 extra, when they had already given `100 to him.
Javed tried to pacify the matter. The argument soon turned ugly and the driver stabbed Izhaar on his chest and fled from the spot.
“It had no effect on the autorickshaw driver as he started to abuse Izhar and beat him up. The accused claimed to be a local goon of Mangolpuri and threatened of dire consequences. He then took out a knife and stabbed Izhar multiple times,” the official added.
The autorickshaw driver also attacked Javed when he tried to rescue Izhar. Many locals further tried to overpower the accused, but he somehow managed to flee from the spot with the autorickshaw.
The police was also informed about the melee, after which Izhar and Javed were rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital.
“Izhar was declared brought dead at the hospital. He suffered stab wounds on his face, chest and abdomen,” the official said, adding that Javed sustained a slash wound on his left hand.

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