21/09/2017 10:53 AM IST | Updated 21/09/2017 10:54 AM IST

A 21-Year-Old Student Was Crushed To Death In Delhi After He Objected To A Man Smoking In Public

The accused is reportedly a lawyer.

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A 21-year-old student died and his friend was severely injured after a man allegedly plowed into their bike with his car at the AIIMS flyover in south Delhi. This happened, just moments after they had a tiff over smoking. The man driving the car was arrested and booked under murder charges yesterday.

On Sunday, Gurpreet Singh and his friend Maninder Singh had an argument with accused Rohit Mahanta over smoking. They asked him not to blow smoke "in their face". According to reports, the argument took place at around 4 am near a roadside eatery outside Safdarjung Hospital.

Moments later, after they left on their bike, they were mowed down half a kilometre from the spot.

On Wednesday, Gurpreet Singh succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday — three days after he was admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre. Meanwhile, his friend Maninder Singh is bound to a wheelchair after a surgery on his leg.

Mahanta was arrested for rash driving and causing hurt by an act of negligence, but he was released on bail. Yesterday, after the victim died, he was arrested again.

The accused is a lawyer working under a standing counsel of the Assam government, reports HT.

"It appears that the accused intentionally hit Gurpreet's motorcycle despite knowing he might get killed. Hence, we have booked him under sections of murder and attempt to murder, besides others," DCP (south) Ishwar Singh told Indian Express.

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