Two minors have been apprehended for murdering an Uber cab driver in west Delhi, a senior police officer said on Friday.
Police came to know about the crime after Kuldeep Thakur's body was found dumped in a field in Mundka on Friday morning. The minors were apprehended within hours.
"The two minors hired the cab from Najafgarh in west Delhi for Mundaka around 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday. On the way, a heated argument ensued between them and Kuldeep over some issue. After this, they fatally shot him in the head," Deputy Commissioner of Police Pushpendra Kumar told IANS.
"The minors dumped the body in a nearby secluded field and left the car at some other place before fleeing," the officer said.
Kuldeep, 51, was a resident of Khanpur in south Delhi.
The minors told the police they shot at Kuldeep when he abused them during the argument, Kumar said, adding what exactly caused the argument was not yet clear.
The DCP said police did not find any previous criminal record of the minors. "We are trying to find out how and from where the minors got the firearm used in the crime."
Hours after the information about the killing of one of its drivers, Uber issued a statement describing the incident as "unfortunate".
"It is an unfortunate incident of an Uber driver being shot dead by passengers in Delhi. Our thoughts are with the family of our driver-partner, the victim of this mindless violence. We have pro-actively shared details with the police to assist them with their investigation," General Manager (Uber-North) Gagan Bhatia said.