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Delhi: Youth killed for objecting to smoking


New Delhi: In a bizarre case of alleged road rage from the national capital, a Sikh youth was killed for objecting to a bystander smoking in public. Later, the smoker allegedly followed the victim in his car and rammed into him from behind; the youth Gurpirat Singh succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. He was on a motorcycle with a friend. The Police, however, said they were probing whether it was case of accident or the accused deliberately hit the duo.

Singh was working on a documentary on people who live on the footpath; he and his associates took a break from their assignment to have food from a roadside stall near the AIIMS. It was here that the verbal alteration took place with the victim objecting to the conduct of the accused who insisted on smoking and blowing smoke rings in his face.

The victim politely told the accused to not to smoke in their vicinity but when he did not heed the two friends decided to leave as they did not want the issue to escalate, it is claimed. However, the man, followed them and hit them with his car near the AIIMS. The driver also went on to hit two other vehicles – an auto rickshaw and a cab.

The duo was rushed to the hospital. Gurpreet succumbed to injuries while the other victim is undergoing treatment at the hospital, the police said. The accused, identified as Rohit Krishna Mahanta, was arrested from the spot, but was later granted bail. He is studying law. He is currently in a hospital and the police are waiting to question him. After Gurpreet’s death, the police have added IPC section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder to the FIR. Gurpreet’s family claimed that it was an act of murder and alleged police inaction.