In a shocking incident in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, a 20-year-old engineering student, identified as Lareb Hashmi, unleashed violence on a bus conductor following a dispute over ticket fare. The victim, 24-year-old Harikesh Vishwakarma, suffered critical injuries as Hashmi attacked him with a cleaver.
The altercation began over a disagreement on the ticket price between the engineering student and the bus conductor. The conflict escalated when Hashmi, a first-year engineering student, brandished a cleaver and assaulted Vishwakarma, causing severe injuries to his neck and other body parts. Subsequently, Hashmi fled the scene, seeking refuge within a college campus.
The aftermath of the incident was captured in a video recorded inside the college campus, where Hashmi not only admitted to the crime but also displayed the cleaver used in the attack. Another video surfaced, capturing the accused running on the road with the weapon in hand, adding a disturbing visual dimension to the incident.
Bus driver Mangla Yadav recounted the sudden attack, stating, “Suddenly, there was an attack inside the bus. I heard a sound and then stopped the bus.” The injured conductor was promptly taken to a hospital for medical attention.
The police, responding swiftly, apprehended Hashmi inside the college campus. However, during the attempt to recover the cleaver, the accused allegedly fired at the police, prompting them to retaliate by shooting him in the leg. Hashmi is currently receiving medical treatment in a hospital.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Yamunanagar), Abhinav Tyagi, confirmed the arrest and stated, “After the incident, the accused was arrested by the police, and a case under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code was registered. Further investigation is underway.” Tyagi revealed that Hashmi was a student at the United Engineering College in the city and hailed from Prayagraj’s Hajiganj area. His father, Mohammed Yunus, is a poultry farmer in the city.
Mohammed Laden Hashmi, a student of https://t.co/pJpBn8kTSS in United college of engineering, Prayagraj slit throat of Hariksh Vishwakatma , a bus conductor.
Hashemi made video of admitting the crime and appealing others to do same
He is shot & arrested by UP Polic pic.twitter.com/2O5e221PJB
— Muktanshu (@muktanshu) November 24, 2023