New Delhi: The Delhi Police has arrested an ambulance driver for allegedly charging Rs 14,000 to ferry the body of a person who died of COVID-19 to the crematorium, officials said on Sunday.
Kandhi Lal was charging the exorbitant amount for a distance of 6 kilometers, they said.
On Saturday, after receiving a tip-off about the driver, the police laid a trap.
“Constable Mahesh called the ambulance driver and asked him to ferry the body of a person who died of COVID-19 to Nigam Bodh Ghat from NuLife Hospital,” the police said.
“The ambulance driver said it would cost him Rs 14,000 and sent a slip to give the money,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said, adding that the distance between the two destinations was six kilometres.
A case was registered and 45-year-old Lal, a resident of Jamuna Bazar, was arrested. Efforts are being made to track down and arrest his accomplice, police added.
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