NEW DELHI: In a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has alleged that two policemen had stood silent observers to the recent alleged road rage incident that killed one.
38-year-old Shahnawaz was beaten to death by five occupants of a Hyundai i20 car after their car collided with the former’s bike. The victim was killed in front of his two kids and wife who were travelling with him on the motorcycle. (Also Read: Delhi: Man beaten to death in alleged road rage case)
A massive protest then followed in the Delhi’s Turkman Gate area where the incident took place.
The family members of the Shahnawaz have alleged that there could be other reasons to the incident as well apart from road rage.
Three people have been arrested so far in the case. (Also Read: Man accused in Delhi road rage death arrested)
The Union Minister in his letter dating Friday said that he had been informed of two police officials by the sons of Shahnawaz when he met their family to offer condolences.
“The late Mr Shahnawaz’s sons, Shahad of Class 9 and Kaif of Class 4, told me that there were two policemen who stood there as mute spectators. Not only should an inquiry be ordered against these two policemen, but they should also be suspended,” Harsh Vardhan said in his letter. “A message must be sent to the people that the police is their protector,” he added.
The Union Minister has further requested the Police Commissioner to make sure that the FIR into the matter is comprehensive and the family members of Shahnawaz are provided with the police protection.
The family members of the deceased had earlier hinted on the possible links of Shahnawaz’s death to his opposition to an illegal construction. Turning down the suggestion of being employed with the government, they also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday and demanded justice. (Also Read: Delhi Road Rage Death: BJP protests outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence)