KARACHI: A 30-year-old man was beaten to death by the driver and conductor of a minibus in Bahadurabad on Tuesday when the passenger argued with them over bus fare, police said.

The bus driver and conductor have been taken into custody.

The police added that the deceased identified as Abdul Rahman argued with bus conductor Umar Khan of route X-23 over fare when the vehicle was standing near the Bahadurabad roundabout.

The bus driver, Arif Nawaz, intervened and the heated debated turned into a brawl, with the two badly thrashing Abdul Rahman.

The bus conductor was also injured in the fight, the police added. “Rahman sustained serious head injuries which suggested that he was hit on the head multiple times with some heavy metal instrument,” said inspector Qamar Zeb Satti, the SHO of the SITE B police station.

“The brawl in Bahadurabad left Abdul Rahman unconscious and conductor Umar Khan injured. The driver panicked and asked other passengers to get out of the vehicle so he could take him to hospital. The driver brought the two injured to Metroville to shift them in a charity organisation’s ambulance.”

The driver, the SHO said, was nervous and used the charity’s ambulance to avoid his involvement in transporting them to hospital.

The area police was informed by the charity workers about the injured. The police detained the bus driver. The police later also arrested the bus conductor after he was released by the hospital following treatment, he added. The deceased was associated with a private security company.

Published in Dawn, October 18th, 2017

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