BENGALURU: The heartless side of Bengaluru came to the fore on Sunday evening after a young man was murdered in a road rage incident.
Pawan Kumar, 26, was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants in Chikkabidarakallu near Nelamangala after his car allegedly brushed against a bike.
According to eyewitness accounts, over 30 people were present at the spot as they watched three men get into an argument with Pawan, with one of them knifing him and leaving him to bleed to death. No one came forward to help Pawan. It was only half an hour later that Pawan’s friend Maruthi reached the spot after Pawan called him for help.
Madanayanakanahalli police have questioned six suspects and suspect the involvement of habitual offenders in neighbouring Manjunathnagar area. A senior police officer said preliminary investigation suggests a sudden provocation may have led to the death of Pawan. But they are probing various angles, he added.
An autorickshaw driver, who is an eyewitness, said, “Around 6.30pm, I was waiting for passengers. An i20 car coming from Madanayakanahalli was stopped by a man in the middle of the road near Chikkabidarakallu auto stop. The man forced the car driver to come out by banging on the window saying he had brushed against their bike and escaped. I intervened and admonished both of them to park the vehicle by the road as it was causing traffic jam on the service road. The car driver parked near the auto stand, alighted from the vehicle and called up his friend shouting that he was being attacked.’’
The eyewitness, who did not wish to reveal his name, said two men on a bike quickly joined the fight and one of them raised his voice against Pawan for abusing them after brushing his car against their bike.
A fat man punched him and asked for a knife from his friend, wearing a black jacket who stabbed Pawan repeatedly. Three of them escaped on a black Splendor bike before Pawan’s friend reached the spot, the eyewitness added.
‘I was ready to help but was scared’
More than 30 people, including a coconut vendor, bakery owner and other locals were mute spectators when Pawan was attacked and lying on the road for nearly 15 minutes.“I was ready to help him. But I got scared as no one came forward to rescue him. I thought they might target me if I go alone to stop them,’’ an eye witness added.
An auto driver Purushotham (name changed) told Express, “One of the assailants was searching for a stone to hit the car while two of them stabbed Pawan. I came to know that there was a verbal duel before Pawan was chased. The assailants seemed aged between 20 to 25 years. The police on Monday took a statement from me over the incident. I also observed a dent on the left side of the car and I believed that there was a minor accident.”