PM Modi condemns killing of rickshaw driver over social cause; announces ex gratia relief of Rs 1 lakh
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 30-May-2017

New Delhi, May 30: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a visit abroad has sanctioned one lakh rupees from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the next of kin of the E-rickshaw driver Ravindra Kumar who was beaten to death for stopping two people from urinating in the public.

The Prime Minister condemned the incident and directed the authorities to bring to book and punish the culprits for committing such inhuman act. Meanwhile, Police called a few men for questioning and inquiry but no headway had been made so far. It is suspected that the accused were students of School of Open Learning, Delhi University.

Earlier in the day Urban Development and Information & Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu visited the family of the e-rickshaw driver at GTB Nagar in New Delhi. He also handed over a cheque of Rs. 50,000 from his salary to the family terming the act as condemnable. Naidu said that the culprits must be punished.

After speaking with Lieutenant Governor, Shri Naidu said that the LG has agreed to give a grant of Rs.5, 00,000 as a relief, to the family of deceased on behalf of Delhi administration. The Minister also spoke to Municipal commissioner of North West Delhi and asked him to provide employment to the spouse of the deceased driver, as per norms. Municipal Commissioner promised to give a temporary job, Shri Naidu added.

The Minister expressed grief over the whole incident and tweeted, "Sad that an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping two people from urinating in public. He was promoting Swachh Bharat."

He has also spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and asked him to take "strongest action possible" against the culprits.