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Drunk driver kills homeless man; injures 3 others in Nizamuddin

New Delhi: The recklessness of a country manager of the University of Birmingham, UK cost a homeless man his life, leaving three others injured in South East Delhi's Nizamuddin area. The four victims were asleep on a pavement when the accused, in a drunken state, ran his vehicle over them. The errant driver was arrested from the spot and was booked under relevant sections of IPC. "Soon after the incident, we had taken the injured persons to AIIMS where one was declared brought dead while others were recuperating. We have sent the body for postmortem examination and have informed family members. We have also arrested the accused driver after booking him under various sections," said a police official investigating the case.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that the accused, identified as Abhishek Dutt (36) was coming back home in Janakpuri's Pankha Road, considered a posh locality in West Delhi, from an undisclosed location around 3:30 am when the incident occurred near Neela Gumbad in the Nizamuddin area. Police identified the deceased as Arif (26) and the injured persons as Sahib (23), Sheikh Saju (48), Naushad (23). They all were homeless persons who were working as casual labourers in the city. Police further added that he was driving the car in an impulsive manner which resulted in the incident.

Eyewitnesses at the spot noticed the wreckage and made the PCR call, after which a police team reached the spot of incident and rushed the injured persons to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. 19-year-old Afsana claimed to witness the accident and said, "We heard a noise of a tyre bursting and then saw that the driver had lost control of the rashly driven car." She said that after hearing the noise she ran away from the spot. She further said that before sleeping, victims were watching something on a smartphone. The woman also claimed that a dog was killed in the incident. "It was a horrific scene; there was blood all over the pavement," said Afsana, adding that the victims were resting in the open to take respite from the heat.

The accused had completed BCA and MBA. "He is married and has an eight-year-old son," police said. The DCP further added that the accused was returning home aftercoming after having a meal. "All the angles are being probed," he said. A case has been registered under section 308 (Attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC.

Further investigation is going on in the case.

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