Drunk driver escaped in auto after accident
After hitting two auto-rickshaws and killing three people in Swami Nagar in South Delhi early on Saturday, Vikram Singh (28) and the other three occupants of the car managed to escape. But the police arrested Singh from a nursing home in Patel Nagar. Karan Choudhury reports.delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2009 00:23 IST
They came in a speeding Hyundai Verna car but it was a humble auto-rickshaw that became their escape mode.
After hitting two auto-rickshaws and killing three people in Swami Nagar in South Delhi early on Saturday, Vikram Singh (28) and the other three occupants of the car managed to escape.
But the police arrested Singh from a nursing home in Patel Nagar. Police said Singh was driving the car in a drunken state.
“Initial medical examination shows there were traces of alcohol in his body but we are still probing the case,” said a senior police officer, who did not wish to be named as he is not authorised to speak.
Early on Saturday morning, a Hyundai Verna car first hit a tree and then smashed into two auto-rickshaws, killing three people on the spot. Singh and the other occupants in the car abandoned their car and fled on foot.
The police said Singh, along with his friends — Tarun Tuli, Mona and Sheetal — had gone to a party on Friday night. From there they went to a 24-hour open outlet in Greater Kailash-II and bought food and soft drinks in the early hours of Saturday.
“Singh and the others managed to wriggle out of the mangled car and fled. They then hired an auto-rickshaw at some distance. Singh first went back to his Malviya Nagar house and later admitted himself at a nursing home in Patel Nagar,” said the senior police officer.
At the nursing home Singh got admitted himself under his real name and told them that his car met with an accident.
During initial investigations the police questioned auto-rickshaw drivers in the area. Later they were able to zero in on Singh, whom the police have booked for causing death by negligence.
Police said the Hyundai Verna car, which Singh was driving, belonged to his relative Jagmohan Singh Bhakar, who is in London with his family.
Auto drivers Kamlesh (26), Shantanu (35) and their friend Samadh (23) were killed in Saturday’s accident.
Three more people were injured in the accident.