BENGALURU: For Pawan Kumar, it was meant to be a joyful end to a daylong trip with friends. But it turned out to be otherwise after he was stabbed to death by two men on a bike following a road rage incident on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old had left home at around 10.30am and had told his family that he was going for a movie along with his friends. Pawan, a BCom graduate who works with a private travel and tours company, had jointly purchased an i10 car with his friend Maruthi. They were both taking turns to drive the car on Sunday. Pawan had dropped all his friends home in the evening and was heading home when his car brushed against a bike near Chikkabidarakallu bus stop near Nelamangala. The men on the bike stopped him, entered into an argument and later stabbed him.
Auto drivers at the bus stop witnessed the incident but did not rush to help, alleged Pawan’s father Vishwanath, a small-scale businessman. They discussed with locals the sequence of events but were scared to give a statement to the police fearing they would be targeted by the assailants, said Vishwanath.
Speaking to Express, Vishwanath said Pawan had called Maruthi over phone after he was attacked by the men. “He asked Maruthi to rush to the bus stop telling him what happened before the phone went dead. Maruthi rushed there and found him lying in a pool of blood next to the car. His glasses had fallen. Some local youths came to my house and informed me about the incident. I reached there and found my son already dead,” said the distraught father. Police had by then rushed to the spot to inspect the crime scene.
“He had no enmity with anyone over financial or any other petty issue. So I don’t think known people are behind the incident. There have been similar incidents in the area earlier and some youths from Manjunathnagar are said to be involved in such crimes,” said Vishwanath.