A 67 year-old autorickshaw driver in Yelamur, Bengaluru was beaten to death at a rickshaw stand by his colleague for charging correct fares and helping passengers in need, reports The Hindu.
Narayana Y M worked at the tax department as a driver before retirement. According to the police, the deceased used to operate in and around the Yemalur area and was famous for ferrying commuters at a minimum fare.
“He was friendly with commuters and would help them out because of which he was very popular in the area. The other autorickshaw drivers, who would charge exorbitant fares, felt that Narayana was ruining their business. They were also envious of his popularity, as people would ask for him first,” the police said.
Last Wednesday (3 January) the main accused 20-year-old Babu, entered into an argument over fares with Narayana. The police said, “It got ugly, and Babu started beating the elderly driver. After receiving severe blows and kicks, Narayana fell on the ground and lost consciousness”.
Other drivers who were at the spot attempted to stop Babu and called Narayana’s family who reached the place and rushed him to a private hospital, where due to the unavailability of supply of oxygen, he was referred to a second hospital, but he was declared brought dead.
“My father retired in 2011. As he was bored sitting at home, four years ago, he started driving an autorickshaw,” said his daughter Y N Prema. Babu has been arrested for murder by the police and has been remanded in judicial custody.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.