Tyre burst, boy got fits, claims teen driver’s kin
North district police is trying to piece together the sequence of events leading to the accident at the Kashmere Gate ISBT underpass which left one dead and three others injured in the wee hours of Thursday. Police said that they are taking into consideration the claims of Samarth Chugh that the front tyre of the car burst while he was driving after which he got a fit and could not control the vehicle, leading to the accident.
The defence counsel informed the Magistrate that the accused, Samarth, a student of Class XII of DPS Mathura Road suffers from fits. He has a medical history of seizures and is being treated for it. “The court accepted the submission and instructed the Tihar Jail administration to provide him medicines. Samarth has been sent to judicial custody,” a senior police officer said.
Talking about the incident, a close relative of the Chugh family said, “Samarth is a very sincere child. Moreover, he did not hit the persons intentionally. The accident occurred as the front tyre of the car burst. If he had done it intentionally, he would have tried to flee the spot, but he did not.”
The youngest of two children, Samarth lives with his parents in Model Town area of North Delhi. While his father is a businessman his mother is a housewife.
In the absence of any CCTV cameras at the underpass, police are waiting to record the statements of the injured persons . “Once they are fit to give the statement, we will proceed and take legal action accordingly,” police said. “One of them has been discharged from hospital but is not fit enough to give a statement right now,” he said.
Police are also relying on the documents of the i20 car to ascertain the role of the car owner, Ujjwal’s father, Raj Kumar. “We are probing whether Raj Kumar had given consent to Samarth, Ujjwal and Bhavya to take his i20 car and even if it is proved that he did not give consent, Raj Kumar will be booked under Section 180 of the Motor Vehicle Act”, the officer added.
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