Seven bouncers arrested for beating truck driver to death
Noida: Seven bouncers at Kalindi Kunj MCD toll plaza at Delhi-UP border were arrested by police for allegedly beating to death a truck driver after he denied to pay an over charged toll tax. Cops said that the toll attendants were illegally demanding ten times more than the toll receipt.
According to police, the arrested accused have been identified as Manroop, Dharampal, Amit Kumar, Chetan Prakash, Sarajuddin, Manoj, all natives of District Seekar and Churu in Rajasthan and Krishna Kumar from Haryana.
"All the seven arrested accused worked as toll attendants/bouncers at Kalindi Kunj toll plaza which was being run by a Maharashtra based company- MEP (Maharashtra Entry Point)," said police officials.
Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the toll attendants were trying to extort a 10 times more toll tax from the victim.
"The incident came to light on August 10 when the truck driver, identified as Vimal Kumar Tiwari, was driving a loaded truck from Noida's sector 59 area to Delhi. Vimal somehow didn't notice the toll and went ahead. He was intercepted by a group of toll attendants ahead of Okhla MCD toll plaza and they tried to extort Rs 14, 600 as toll tax instead of Rs 1, 460 as per receipt," said Krishna.
The officer further said that the accused persons thrashed him badly when he denied to pay money.
"When the victim denied to pay money, an altercation broke out between them and they started thrashing him badly with sticks. The accused snatched the truck's papers from him and kept the truck stationary at toll plaza. They then dumped the body in sector 39 police station area to avoid suspicion. However, the victim was spotted and police took him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. A case was registered in this regard and police have booked all these seven persons under IPC sections of extortion and murder," added Krishna.
Police said that the toll manager is absconding after the incident and efforts are being made to nab him as well.
Meanwhile, the issue of over-charging and alleged harassment of commuters who use Kalindi Kunj toll has been raised before the officials several times in past too. Drivers have complained about the toll attendants of harassing them on several occasions when they refuse to pay the over charged toll tax.
The location of the new toll plaza near the new Yamuna bridge is also a problem as several drivers pass through the toll without noticing. Similar thing happened in this incident when truck driver Vimal drove pass the toll plaza without noticing and was intercepted later by the bouncers.