Juveniles Accused Of Murdering Uber Driver In Delhi To Be Tried As Adults

The teenagers had shot dead their Uber driver after an altercation.

18/07/2016 8:47 AM IST | Updated 18/07/2016 8:48 AM IST
An Indian cab driver displays the city map on a smartphone provided by Uber as he drives in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 31, 2015. Ride-hailing service Uber has announced a $1 billion investment for the Indian market for the next nine months as it hopes to expand services and products, news reports said Friday. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The two Delhi teenagers who shot dead the driver of an Uber cab in outer Delhi's Mundka after an altercation in April, will now be tried as adults.

According to a report in Indian Express, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has referred the case to sessions court after accepting a police plea to consider the trial of two teenage boys as adults.

Earlier, the probe agency had requested the JJB to conduct a "preliminary assessment" of the mental and physical capacity of the teenagers.

They asked the JJB to pass an order if there was a need for trial of the minor offenders as adults.

The JJB has passed the order.

The teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were apprehended for the murder of Uber taxi driver Kuldeep Thakur, whose body was recovered from a field near Hiran Kudna village in west Delhi's Mundka on April 9.

The duo booked the cab to go to Hiran Kudna in west Delhi. They told the driver that they wanted to pick up a third person.

On the way, they started making fun of the native place of the driver, who hailed from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.

Enraged, Thakur retaliated with some jokes on the teenagers, who then shot him.

This was the first day the 51-year-old driver had started accepting passengers using the Uber taxi-booking app.

The murder weapon was a pistol, which belonged to the father of one of the boys, police said.

After shooting Thakur twice and dumping his body, the boys, both Class XI students, reportedly drove away in the car.

The police apprehended them after tracking Thakur's last booking through Uber.

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