Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday bestowed Rs 50,000 as financial aid to the family of the e- rickshaw driver who was beaten to death for stopping two men from urinating in the open outside the GTB Nagar Metro Station.
The Union urban development minister accompanied by Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari met the family members of the victim. He also visited the spot outside the metro station where Ravinder (32) was beaten to death by a dozen men on Saturday evening.
“Naidu gave a Rs 50,000 cheque from his own account to the wife of the deceased as an interim relief. We have also talked to the commissioner of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for providing a job for her,” Tiwari said.
The minister also directed the police to arrest, as soon as possible, the men responsible for killing Ravinder, whom he described as a promoter of Swachh Bharat.
Tiwari said, “The irony is that the spot where the e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death is hardly a few metres away from a Sulabh Shauchalaya complex. It is perhaps the first case where someone has given his life in the country for promoting cleanliness and sanitation and we are committed to support Ravinder’s family.”
Earlier in the day, Naidu had asked the Delhi Police chief to take stern action against those involved in the killing.
“Sad that an e-rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping two people from urinating in public in Delhi. He was promoting Swachh Bharat,” Naidu tweeted.
He said he has spoken with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and asked him to take the “strongest action possible” against the culprits.
Ravinder, who lived in a slum near the GTB Nagar Metro Station, got married last year. His wife is seven months pregnant.
The police said that no arrests have been made so far in the incident though a few men have been picked up for questioning.