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Fight over auto fare of Rs 50 claims life

Fight over auto fare of Rs 50 claims life
A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death, reportedly by an auto-rickshaw driver, over a mere Rs 50. The driver stabbed him several times following a heated argument, in Punjabi Bagh area of west Delhi.

According to the police, the incident took place late on Monday night, when Sabhan Khan alias Sameer, the victim, took an auto from outside a shoe factory, where he had been working for the last one year. The auto driver managed to flee.

On Monday evening around 7 pm, Sameer took the permission from the owner of the factory to go out for some personal work. He returned to the factory around midnight in an auto. Javed, owner of the factory and an eyewitness, said the driver  had apparently settled on Rs 100 as fare initially but later he asked for Rs 50 more. Sameer refused, which led to a scuffle.

Javed said he saw the duo fighr while returning home. He told police that when he intervened between the two, the driver said he was a ‘popular hooligan’ of Mangolpuri area and took out a knife.

‘I ran inside to call other workers. When we reached the main gate of the factory, I saw Sameer lying in a pool of blood on the ground,’ he added.

‘A PCR call was then made by one of the workers. ‘ We immediately took Sameer to the nearby Sanjay Gandhi hospital, where the doctors pronounced him  dead on arrival,’ the official added.

He added the body has been sent for post-mortem and the reports are awaited. ‘As per the primary investigation, Sameer was stabbed several times in the vital organs,’ the official said.

A case of murder has been registered against the unidentified person and a manhunt is on to trace him.
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