Two taxi drivers working with Uber were robbed and killed, allegedly by the same accused, at two different locations in the nation’s capital on Thursday evening, while the curfew was in effect. Central District Police arrested two men and discovered during the investigation that they, along with a third accused, had booked taxis using a stolen phone and suffocated the drivers to death. The motive, according to police, was robbery – the accused took three phones and 600 rupees from the victims.
Contacted, DCP (Central) Shweta Chauhan said the defendants had been identified as Aakash Kumar (19) and Junaid Razzak (19). The latter, according to the police, is a drug addict and allegedly committed theft to obtain money for drugs. He was released from prison in a theft case three months ago.
âThe first case was discovered at 8:45 am on Friday, after a PCR van noticed a WagonR parked on the side of the road in Anand Parbat and a man lying unconscious inside. He was taken to RML hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. No apparent injuries were visible, but blood was seen coming out of his mouth. He has been identified as Anil (48); his phone and wallet were missing, âthe DCP said.
Central District police opened an investigation and meanwhile learned that another driver, Chavvi Nath, had been found dead in Bharat Nagar. âHe drove for both Uber and Ola and his i10 was found abandoned at Gulabi Bagh,â the DCP said.
Police said Constable Surender and SHO Mukesh Antil scanned more than 70 CCTVs to establish their route. At both crime scenes, police found their phones and money missing. âThe police filed two FIRs and contacted the taxi companies for details of their latest booking. Their taxis were booked by a man, who informed police that his phone was stolen Thursday evening and that he had already filed a complaint. Through technical surveillance, police identified one of the defendants and apprehended him on Friday evening. On his example, his partner was apprehended. Raids are underway to catch the third accused, Pritam, âsaid a senior police officer.
âAfter stealing a phone Thursday night, the duo booked a 12:30 am taxi to terminal IGI-2, but the driver refused. They again booked an taxi for Anand Parbat and boarded him. A little later, they strangled the driver and threw the body on the sidewalk, taking the vehicle with them, âChauhan said.
âThey bought medicine from a local supplier and then booked the second taxi,â said an officer.