The Delhi Police on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 arrested a 26-year-old Kanwariya for vandalizing a police officer daughter’s car in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar on Tuesday.
The car had allegedly brushed past a Kanwariya after which a group of Kanwariyas brutally vandalized the car by breaking the car windows and the windscreen with lathis (sticks) before turning it over.
The arrested Kanwariya namely Rahul alias Billa is a resident of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar. He is an unemployed man with no education and a criminal past, said Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).
“He was out on bail in a theft case registered in 2014. He had spent six-seven months in jail back then,” said the DCP.
As per the reports, the police had gone to Rahul’s home in Uttam Nagar and after searching the entire neighborhood, the police nabbed him at around 6:30 PM on Thursday.
The DCP said Rahul had not seen the news about the crime and did not know that the police were looking for him.
Further, he did not even know the pilgrim who was hit and injured by the car. “He happened to be near the accident spot at the time and joined the mob. He was using a stick and CCTV footage showed him actively involved in the destruction,” said the officer, adding the stick is yet to be recovered.
The whole incident was captured on the CCTV camera, resulting in a wide public attention which forced the Moti Nagar police to register a suo motu case under section 341 (wrongful restraint), section 427 (mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Meanwhile, the police are carrying on inquiry to identify the pilgrim whose accident triggered the violence. Officers said CCTV footage has helped them zero down on at least three other suspects. “Rahul too has provided some details of the suspects and their destinations,” said the officer.
Madhup Tiwari, Joint Commissioner of Police (western range), urged the public to share with the police any information they have on the other suspects.