DPS boy kills footpath dweller
A 30-year-old pavement dweller was killed and three others injured after they were run over by a Hyundai i20 car allegedly driven by a student of DPS Mathura Road near the Kashmere Gate ISBT underpass in North Delhi on Thursday around 5.45 am, police said.
Samarth Chugh, who had turned 18 on March 15, was behind the wheel when the accident took place, said police, adding he did not have driving licence. The car had two other occupants — Bhavya Rajpal and Ujjwal Goel — at the time of accident. All the three are Class XII students of Commerce stream. The car, involved in the accident, was registered in the name of Ujjwal’s father Rajkumar, a senior police official said.
“We are investigating the role of the person who holds the power of attorney of the car. Accordingly action will be taken against the owner. If we find that Rajkumar was aware that the three teenagers had taken his car, he will also be booked under relevant sections of the law,” the official added.
According to police, in the preliminary investigation, it has been found that the car was over-speeding due to which it barged into the pavement and hit the four pavement dwellers who were asleep. The impact of the accident was so severe that the face of the deceased was completely disfigured. Police have failed to establish the identity of the deceased. The other victims are battling for their life at Sushrut Trauma Centre.
The injured persons have been identified as Asif (30), Karan (26), who works as a cook and lives in Karawal Nagar, and Sanjay (28), a small time labourer who lives under the Geeta Colony flyover, said police, adding Sanjay suffered multiple fractures on his left leg while Asif sustained head and abdomen injuries. Karan has received injuries on his head and leg.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal said, “We have registered a case under Sections 279 (Rash driving), 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304 (cuplable homicide not amounting to murder, a non-bailable offence) of the IPC. Samarth Chugh has been produced in the court and sent into judicial custody.”
“Samarth told police that after crushing the people under his car, he got out of the car. While all his friends fled the scene, he was shell-shocked and remained standing there. He also claimed that the front tyre of the car got punctured leading to the fatal accident,” said a senior police officer.
A senior investigator said, “We did not find any alcohol bottles from the car of the accused. In the initial investigation, the accused too denied driving under the influence of alcohol. But we have taken their blood samples and sent them for analysis to verify their claims and to make it a water-tight case.”
Police said that apart they found syringes at the crime scene indicating that the accident site is often occupied by drug addicts.
Recalling about the accident, Sanjay said, “We all were sleeping at the time of the incident. Before we could save ourselves, we were hit by the car.”
Later in on Thursday afternoon, the two surrendered to the police in the presence of their family members but were let off,” said a senior officer.
Eyewitnesses told police that the underpass pavement, where the accident took place, is often occupied by drug addicts and homeless labourers who do not have any other place to go.
Waiting at the Kashmere Gate police station, a relative of Samarth Chugh said, “The accident happened due to puncture of the front tyre. They all were not over-speeding. All the three are bright students. They are left with their last paper which is scheduled for April 29. They all used to get together for group study and go for snacks or to a gurdwara often.”
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