Cabbie’s killing: Noida police say not hate crime, switch case to Bulandshahr

Noida (UP), September 9

The Gautam Buddh Nagar police stated Wednesday that the killing of a Delhi-based cab driver allegedly by the passengers on a freeway in Greater Noida throughout a journey from Bulandshahr district was a felony act and never a hate crime.

They additionally stated in an announcement that the case was being transferred to Bulandshahr police because the matter associated to that district.

Aftab Alam, 45, died in Badalpur space Sunday evening allegedly after he was attacked by unidentified individuals who boarded his cab from Bulandshahr, in response to police.

However, Alam’s son Mohammed Sabir alleged his father was killed in a hate crime, citing an audio clip of a purported cellphone dialog along with his father Sunday night.

In the audio clip, one of many cab passengers is heard saying “bol (say) Jai Shri Ram” to somebody, with Sabir claiming it was his father who was requested to chant it.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Noida, Harish Chander stated the incident was a felony act and didn’t have any communal angle as was being claimed.

He stated a employee at a CNG filling station was requested by one of many passengers to chant the slogan.

“It has emerged during investigation that the cab driver was not asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. It was said to somebody else. We have found that the cab had stopped at a filling station. A worker at the filling station had injuries on his hand. The passengers said something to indicate towards his injury mark. This can be heard in the audio clip as well,” Chander stated.

“Then the passengers asked the worker how he got injured, to which they were told it was a birthmark. These passengers then offered to give him extra money, which the worker refused. This worker, who belongs to the majority community, was then asked by one of the passengers to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’,” he added.

The officer, who was supervising the probe, stated the filling station employee confirmed the developments to police and likewise stated that nothing of this type was requested of the cab driver.

“This clears that the death of the cab driver is an outcome of a criminal act and not related to communal angle,” DCP Chander stated.

After practically three days, police are but to determine the culprits.

Officials earlier stated Alam, who was discovered injured in his cab on a freeway and died at a hospital later, had an argument over fare with the passengers.

An FIR has been lodged on the Badalpur police station for homicide, amongst different offences, and a probe is underway, police stated. PTI 

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