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Road rage: DTC bus driver thrashed to death in Delhi; passengers kept looking

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The capital city witnessed yet another incident of road rage, in which a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus driver was yesterday brutally beaten to death by a biker near Mundka, West Delhi, while the passengers of the bus looked on.

Ashok Kumar Singh, 42-year-old DTC bus driver was thrashed with a helmet by the accused, Vijay, after the bus hit the motorcycle from behind.

Vijay and his mother fell off the bike when the bus grazed by it. Angered by this, he entered into an altercation with the bus driver, which soon turned into a brutal murder.

This appalling incident has yet again made the citizens cringe in shame and question their aggressive behaviors on roads. However, what is more shameful is that while the bus driver was being assaulted in broad daylight, the passengers, including the bus conductor, remained silent spectators and did nothing to put a hold to the brutal act. They did not even try to nab the accused, who fled from the spot after perpetrating the assault.

The accused was later arrested by the police in night.

The Delhi government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Kumar’s family and has also promised a permanent job in the transport department to one of his family members.

The bus conductor and other DTC drivers later staged a protest at Rohini bus depot. But what’s the point of protesting now? None of these protests or monetary compensations has the power to bring back Ashok Kumar Singh to life.

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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

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Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)