Initially, police said, it appeared to be a road accident since Rohit too was injured along with Gurpreet and Maninder, who were unfit to give statements.

“We registered a case against the accused on the basis of the statements of the drivers of the cab and the auto-rickshaw,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal said.

“We have recorded Maninder’s statement afresh and added additional sections of the Indian Penal Code against Rohit,” Biswal added.

A constable has been deployed outside Rohit’s room at Apollo Hospital where he is under treatment. “Once he is medically fit, we will arrest him,” the officer said.

Gurpreet Singh hailed from Bathinda and had come to Delhi to pursue a photojournalism course here and stayed in west Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy area.

Gurpreet’s sister Harpreet Kaur alleged foul play and said Delhi Police initially tried to protect Rohit and did not mention his name in the first information report. She said the family forced the Investigation Officer in the case to add an attempt-to-murder charge since it was a road rage case.