In yet another incident of hit-and-run in the Capital, a 59-year-old civic worker died and his co-worker severely injured, after they were allegedly hit by a speeding private bus on Friday at Prithviraj Road, while they were riding a bicycle on their way to work.
Police said the accused bus driver abandoned the bus and fled the spot. The bus has been impounded a hunt has been launched to arrested the accused driver.
According to police, Rajender Prasad (59) and his co-worker Rajender Kumar (35) were posted as gardeners with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC)’s Enquiry Office in Khan Market.
“A police control room (PCR) call was received at around 11.16 am regarding an accident at the roundabout near the cemetery in Khan Market in which, two persons sustained injuries at roundabout, near the cemetery in Khan Market,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma.
On reaching the spot, police found a private bus bearing an Uttar Pradesh registration and a broken bicycle. Investigations revealed that two persons were injured in the incident.
The private bus bearing an Uttar Pradesh registration was reportedly taken on rent by Survodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Burari, to take their students on a trip to Lotus Temple. Police revealed that the accused bus driver was absconding.
“One of the victims, Prasad was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre, by a passerby but was declared brought dead on arrival while, the other injured person Rajender Kumar was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital by police officials. He sustained severe head injuries and is unfit for statement,” DCP said.
Since there were no CCTV cameras in and around the area, police are yet to ascertain the sequence of events.
“A criminal case has been registered at Tughlak Road police station, New Delhi for rash and negligent driving, and efforts are being made to trace and arrest the accused bus driver,” the DCP said.