Ravinder Kumar was murdered in New Delhi on May 27. Photo: Hindustan Times.

Condemning the murder of a New Delhi e-rickshaw driver who was attacked after asking two men to stop urinating in public, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday assured that the culprits would be brought to justice.

He said on Twitter: “Sad that an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping 2 people from urinating in public in Delhi. He was promoting #SwachhBharat.” Swachh Bharat is an initiative to make India clean by 2019.

On Saturday, thugs beat Ravinder Kumar, 32,  to death with brass knuckles and bricks wrapped in towels, after he confronted the pair in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area.

According to reports, the incident took place near Gate No4 of GTB Nagar Metro Station. Ravindra had parked his vehicle near the spot and was waiting for his friends when he saw two young men urinating on a wall. Ravindra asked them to use the public toilet, which was just five meters away. 

According to police, the men took offense and threatened to teach him a lesson. Manoj, an eyewitness, told the Times of India that one of the men said: “Aaj raat tak teri haalat kharab kar denge (We will make you pay for this by tonight).”

Seven hours later, they allegedly returned to the spot along with 20 other men and brutally assaulted the driver.  

“They dragged him near a pole and started hitting him with brass knuckles and bricks wrapped in towels,” Tota Ram, an eyewitness, was quoted as saying. “Some people who tried to stop the attackers were thrashed as well.”

Ravinder’s elder brother, Virender, told the Times of India, “I put him in the e-rickshaw and took him home. He complained of pain in his back. As he tried to walk, he instantly fell. I carried him into the house, but within five minutes, the pain in his back intensified. We rushed him to Bara Hindu Rao hospital, but the doctors declared him dead.”

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