Lack of street lights costs 2 men their lives


Gloom fell over the families of two young men who died in a road accident near National Highway 1 due to the lack of street lights.

A 24-year-old youth was killed while his 23-year-old friend succumbed to injuries later in a Government hospital after their bike was accidentally hit by a truck in North-West Delhi’s Samaipur Badli area in the wee hours of Thursday.

Waiting outside the mortuary of the BJRM Hospital, uncle of Mohit Yadav said, “Today was Mohit’s birthday. Everyone at his home was gearing up to celebrate his birthday. Due to the negligence of the authorities, we lost our child.”

A senior police officer said that the accident took place near the Mukarba chowk at around 2 am.

“Mohit was driving a motorcycle. His friend Jatin Panwar was accompanying him. While returning to Libaspur Village, where they live, they came across a truck. Since there were no street lights, they applied breaks however a speeding truck coming from behind rammed into their bike killing Mohit on the spot.”

Pointing at the negligence of Delhi Police behind Jatin’s death, a relative of Jatin said, “Police too did not pay attention to Jatin who was profusely bleeding. Instead of taking him to the Babu Jag Jivan ram hospital which is just 2 kilometers away, they took him to Satyawadi Raja harishchand hospital which is 14 kilometers away from the accident spot. By the time, Jatin reached hospital, he died due to internal injuries,” added his uncle.

The families further claimed that the accident happened because of multiple factors-lack of street light, trucks parked on the road side. “Police should have towed away that truck before. It was later when they went to check, the truck went missing. The accident  happened near the National Highway 1 so the onus lies with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).”

Police, meanwhile, said that they have registered a case at the Samaipur Badli Police Station against the truck driver.



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