A 20-year-old student had a narrow escape when a new Mercedes-Benz car being driven by him went up in flames in South Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan late on Tuesday afternoon.
Gagan Kalra had received the Mercedes-Benz CLA-200 from his father, who is into electronics business, as a present only five days ago.
He was returning to his house in South Delhi’s Kailash Colony after attending college in Noida when he noticed smoke billowing from the car’s bonnet as he passed through Sarai Kale Khan around 4.30 pm.
“I immediately stopped the car on the roadside and came out of the vehicle. As I got off, the smoke began increasing and soon turned into huge flames,” said Kalra.
He alleged the other commuters did not help him in dousing the flames. “The firefighters arrived 45 minutes later. It was too late by then,” he said.
By the time the police and the firefighters reached the spot, the car was totally burnt. The fire also affected the traffic movement on the DND as motorists found themselves stuck in jams that ran into several kilometres. The burnt car was removed from the road almost an hour after the firefighters doused the flames.
Kalra’s father said he has decided not to approach the police with a formal complaint in this connection. “We have sorted out the matter with the car company,” he said.
In February this year, a cab driver was charred to death when a parked Tata Indigo went up in flames in East Delhi’s Mandoli.