Road rage: Man mows down a youth for objecting to smoking

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

A 21-year-old photography student died three days after an alleged case of road rage in the AIIMS trauma centre on Wednesday. The accused, identified as Rohit Krishna Mahanta, was arrested from the spot, but was later granted bail.

According to the Newspaper, Police say that they have charged him with Section 302 (murder) and various sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.Gurpreet Singh and his friend Maninder Singh both students of photography were searching for spots in the National Capital for their photography project "Life of people on footpath."On September 17, early morning around 4 am the two had an argument with Mohanto over him blowing smoke on their faces".

The accused, Mahanta, is a practising lawyer under the standing counsel of the Assam government. While they were having dinner near Safdarjung Hospital, a man came and started smoking on their faces, witnesses told police. "We objected as we are Sikhs and smoking is against our religious beliefs", said Maninder.

Gurpreet's family said that the duo chose to leave when the accused threatened to kill them. However, the man, followed them and hit them with his auto near AIIMS.

Maninder, though out of danger, is undergoing treatment.

After the death of Gurpreet, we will now change the sections in FIR and will take action accordingly. Maninder said that Mahanta had rammed the bike from behind at great speed, dragging the two-wheeler for a distance before crashing into an Ola cab and a rickshaw.

"In his statement, Maninder alleged that Rohit had a heated exchange with them just before the incident and had threatened them of dire consequences", said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chinmoy Biswal. Share your experience with SinghStation and inspire others to shatter the silence surrounding stalking.

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