21-year-old student killed by a drunk lawyer after he requested him not to smoke in public

Outraged over being asked not to smoke in public, a ‘drunk lawyer’ allegedly rammed his car into the motorcycle of a 21-year-old photography student. The victim of this road rage, who went in coma after the inciident, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

In the wee hours of September 17, two friends, Gurpreet Singh (21) and Maninder Singh (22), students of Delhi College of Photography in north Delhi were out and about on the Delhi streets, shooting a documentary for their college assignment. What followed next, was something that no one would have ever anticipated.

At around 3:30 am, the duo decided to stop at a roadside eatery near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, to have some tea and snacks. It is here that they bumped into Rohit Krishna Mahanta, a lawyer working under a standing counsel of the Assam government.

Mahanta was smoking a cigarette, and practically blowing the smoke on their faces. This bothered the two young men not only due to the health hazards associated with it but also because smoking was against their religious beliefs. They humbly requested the man to avoid smoking in public. But it was only reverted with verbal abuse and death threats.

Gurpreet and Maninder did not want to want to argue. Sensing that the situation might worsen and turn into violence, the two of them left the spot in a Royal Enfield (Maninder was riding pillion).

They barely went a little distance when a speeding Ford Fiesta, rammed them from behind outside AIIMS trauma centre. It was allegedly the same car that was parked beside their bike, in the eatery. Both of them were thrown off the bike. While Maninder sustained some injuries, Gurpreet was in a critical condition.

Maninder sought an auto driver’s help to move Gurpreet to the trauma centre nearby, while the public gathered at the spot and thrashed Mahanta, and later handed him over to the police.

“His medical examination showed he was drunk. He had threatened Gurpreet after an argument and later he followed Gurpreet’s bike and rammed it from behind,” said Chinmoy Biswal, additional DCP (south). As reported by Hindustan Times.

Police had initially booked the accused, Rohit Krishna Mahanta, for rash driving and causing hurt by an act of negligence, and he was released on bail. But after the victim died, the Police arrested him once again and this time, slapped charges of murder on him.

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