Two held for murder of cab driver, hunt on for two aides

Two persons have been arrested for kidnapping and murdering a taxi driver in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi, police said on Monday.

Rajesh Kumar Das (25) and Anil Kumar Sah (35) had booked a cab for Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, in the name of one Sunil, police said. Sunil introduced himself to the owner of the taxi service as an accountant of a Gurgaon-based school.

In his complaint, taxi owner Satpal Yadav said a man who indentified himself as Sunil booked a cab for Bilaspur, claiming he was travelling on a school project.

Yadav told police that he sent a Tata Indigo, with driver Suresh, to pick the passengers from Sohna Road, Gurgaon.

"When they crossed Agra, the vehicle broke down. Suresh called me up and asked for another vehicle. I then sent a Toyota Innova with driver Shamsher," Yadav said.

He said he was in touch with Shamsher over the phone, and he was return to Delhi on September 9. When he did not return, Yadav called up the school in Gurgaon. he was told by the school that they did not have any accountant by the name of Sunil and they had not hired any vehicle for school staff, police were told.

"Yadav called Shamsher and told him about Sunil's fake identity. He advised the driver to be cautious," Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma said. "Two days later, Shamsher's cellphone was found switched off. A case was registered," Sharma said.

During questioning, Das and Sah told police that Shamsher had informed police in Chhattisgarh that they had hired the vehicle on fake identity, so they decided to kill him. "On way to Raipur from Bilaspur, they strangulated Shamsher and dumped his body at an isolated place. They also took his mobile phone, Rs 6,000 cash and the Innova car," the DCP said.

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