A DU student and his juvenile accomplice have been arrested by Delhi police for lynching an e-rickshaw driver as the driver objected and stopped them from urinating at the GTB Metro Station in north Delhi.
The lynching happened on Saturday Night and attracted the attention of the nation along with the PM Narendra Modi. Everyone was condemning the death and urged police to arrest the culprits as soon as possible.
Police said "the accused student Shekhar Kapasia, 19, and his juvenile friend were captured in a CCTV footage which helped to identify them".
Both of them were arrested by the police from their hideouts in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday.
"We have identified five other youths. We are interrogating Kapasia and the juvenile to ascertain the hideouts of their associates involved in killing e-rickshaw driver Ravinder Kumar on Saturday. Seven police teams and a team of Crime Branch are conducting a manhunt to trace their hideouts in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana," Deputy Commissioner of Police Milind Mahadeo Dumbere told IANS.
"Kapasia and his juvenile accomplice told investigators that the verbal altercation with Kumar turned abusive and they took it personally. They planned to take revenge and later returned with their friends. One of them tied up stones in a cotton towel and attacked Kumar multiple times," Dumbere said.
On the death of the driver, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu tweeted: "Sad that an e rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping 2 people from urinating in public in Delhi. He was promoting SwachhBharat".
Modi government and Delhi government announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively to the family of the deceased.