STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 November
A day after the death of Uday Chand, the father of an auto rickshaw driver who was allegedly set ablaze by two Delhi police constables after he refused to pay them Rs 20,000 as bribe, Crime Branch arrested both the accused constables on this evening.
According to police, the accused constables were identified as Raj Kumar and Surendra Kumar.
However, police are yet to slap the section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the IPC against the guilty cops, saying the matter is being investigated by the concerned officers and murder charge would only be added into the FIR after analysing the findings of postmortem report of deceased.
The autopsy could not be conducted today as his family members, relatives and some auto-rickshaw drivers thronged the Safdarjung hospital, demanded that postmortem would be conducted only after the accused constables’ arrest. The protesters remained at the hospital premises till late evening.
The accused constables were suspended soon after the incident surfaced on Saturday evening and now the investigating sleuths are grilling them, said police.
Meanwhile, around 150 auto-rickshaw drivers today staged a protest outside Delhi Police headquarters situated at ITO at around 11.30 am, causing a heavy traffic chaos for more than two hours. The demonstrators were raising slogans against Delhi Police brutality, demanding an immediate arrest of the accused constables.
Later by the evening, Crime Branch arrested the accused constables. Further investigations are underway to slap murder charges.
On the fateful day, it is alleged that the duo set Chand on fire after he objected to their demand for Rs 20,000 bribe in lieu of letting his son ply an auto-rickshaw in Neb Sarai area of south Delhi.
In his statement to the police, Chand had alleged that he was set ablaze by the accused constables.