Another shocker: Speeding SUV hits vendor, drags him for 25 m
In yet another shocking incident, a 55-year-old man was hit by a speeding Innova car and dragged for almost 25 metre on Bhaiveer Singh Marg in New Delhi’s Mandir Marg area on Tuesday. What is more shocking is, after mowing down the man, when the locals rushed to the spot, the driver quickly picked up the body of the victim and put him inside the car and told the people that he was taking the injured to RML Hospital only to drop the victim on a footpath in the next block and speed away. The deceased has been identified as Amrit Lal, who was an ice cream vendor.
Police have arrested the accused, identified as Surjit Kumar, who works as a driver at a hotel in Central Delhi’s Paharganj area and also stays in the area.
The incident took place at around 11.45 am. Lal had deposited his ice-cream cart back to the godown and was walking back towards a nearby bus stand to catch a bus to his house in Kali Bari Marg.
Police said that Lal lived in a jhuggi in Kali Bari Marg. While going towards the bus stand, he was hit by an over-speeding Innova from behind and was dragged for almost 25 metre. Lal’s godown workers who were present at the spot saw the horrific incident and ran towards the car. Sensing trouble, the driver of the car, Surjit Kumar, got out of the vehicle and told the workers that he would take Lal to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for treatment. However, Kumar then took the victim in his car and went away. Meanwhile, the workers noted down the number of the car and immediately called the police.
Investigators said one of Lal’s co-workers, Sushil, told them that after the accident, Lal was bleeding profusely from his head and his back was severely scraped. The driver then took Lal and went away.
“We went to RML Hospital but hospital authorities told us that no such person was admitted. We then went to Lady Hardinge and Kalavati hospitals but Lal was not admitted in any of them,” said Lal’s co-worker who had reported the matter told the police.
At 6.30 am, cops called Sushil, Lal’ co-worker, telling him that they have found an unconscious person on Peshwa Road on the backside of a government allotted flat and asked him to come over to identify him.
“On reaching the spot, I found that the injured person was Amrit. The police van then immediately rushed the victim to Lady Hardinge hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” said Sushil.
Police then sent the body for post-mortem and a team was rushed to the accused’s house in Paharganj and he was arrested.
“We have registered a case under Sections 279 (rash driving or driving on a public way), 304(culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201(causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC against the accused and started further investigations in the matter,” said a senior cop.