Days after an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death in the national capital, the Delhi Police has traced one of the suspects in the case, an Indian Express report said. The suspect was questioned till last night. The 31-year old victim, Ravinder Kumar, was recently beaten to death hours after he asked two people not to urinate in public. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the police to bring the culprits to book. The suspect was caught on CCTV buying alcohol from a liquor shop near GTB Nagar Metro station before he entered into an argument with Kumar, the report added.
As per the police, the suspect was picked up from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. He has admitted of having a heated argument with Kumar around 1.30 pm on Saturday. However, the suspect has denied his involvement in the murder, and claimed that he headed to take an exam after the argument, police said. The police had further looked at the admit card of a student who appeared for an examination at Kirori Mal College on the same day. Even as the police believe the suspect had gone there after the altercation, it is yet to be confirmed whether the person buying liquor and the one caught on CCTV entering the college are the same.
The Delhi Police is also yet to ascertain whether the suspect is a student of KMC, or of the School of Open Learning, which also had its exam at the college the same day.
“We showed the admit card of a student, suspected to have had an argument with Kumar, to e-rickshaw drivers. This information, along with CCTV footage from the liquor shop, helped trace the suspect,” police said. A team was sent to Muzaffarnagar and the suspect was questioned at his residence. “He was questioned in front of his parents and he admitted that he had an argument with Kumar. He claimed he left the spot afterwards and went to take an exam. He also claimed he did not return to the spot,” Indian Express quoted sources from Delhi Police as saying.
Police had questioned the suspect once again after reaching Delhi. Kumar was beaten to death allegedly by a group of around 20 people, who apparently used bricks wrapped in a towel as a weapon the report said. Police had also prepared a sketch of the suspect and showed it to people in almost 30 paying guest houses in Mukherjee Nagar. It has also-also questioned an e-rickshaw driver who reportedly had been involved in a fight with Kumar a couple of months back.