In a tragic incident, four people sleeping on a road divider were killed and two others were injured when a speeding truck ran over them in Delhi’s Seemapuri area at around 1:51 A.M. The accident occurred when the truck driver was crossing the DTC Depot red light and going towards DLF T-point.
According to police, the accused driver Sudhir Kumar has been apprehended from UP's Shamli with the help of CCTV footage. The truck has also been seized.
According to police, two people died on the spot and one person was declared brought dead to the hospital. The fourth person died during initial treatment. The four victims have been identified as Kareem (52), Chotte Khan (25), Shah Alam (38), all residents of New Seemapuri, and Rahul (45), a resident of Shalimar Garden in Uttar Pradesh's Sahibabad. Of the two injured are 16-year-old Manish, a resident of Sahibabad and 30-year-old Pradeep, a resident of Tahirpur. A CCTV video of the incident was also doing the rounds on social media. The footage showed a truck crossing the DTC Depot traffic signal and mowing down people sleeping on the road divider going towards the DLF T-point. The footage also showed the truck, after it ran the people over, hitting an electricity pole causing the streetlights to go off. Deputy Police Commissioner R Sathiyasundaram said that the truck was being driven rashly. “Out of those six victims, four were shifted to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Several teams were formed to investigate the incident. After scanning CCTV cameras of the area, the truck was identified and police apprehended the truck driver, who was on run,” said R Sathiyasundaram adding that a case has been registered under appropriate Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC). According to police Pradeep was currently “out of danger.” “Scared and with his leg broken, Pradeep crawled and took shelter behind large bags of scrap lying near Seemapuri Depot early on Wednesday after truck ran over him and five other people,” police said. Recounting the incident, Manish, a resident of Harsh Vihar in Sahibabad, who was injured, said that he came here around 8 PM on Tuesday to sell scrap items. “It took some time and after having dinner, I slept on divider. The vehicle first ran over my hand and threw me on other side of divider. It then ran over other people sleeping on divider, hit a pole, and sped away,” said Manish.