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Man charred as car catches fire

A 55-year-old businessman from Rohini was charred to death in the old Dwarka underpass near IGI Airport after his car allegedly caught fire. The victim, Pawan Gupta, could not come out of the car due to technical failure.

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2012 01:02 IST
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A 55-year-old businessman from Rohini was charred to death in the old Dwarka underpass near IGI Airport after his car allegedly caught fire. The victim, Pawan Gupta, could not come out of the car due to technical failure.

Gupta was going towards his residence in the wee hours of Sunday when his WagonR car caught fire, police said. The police are yet to ascertain the reason behind the incident.

The doors of the car were locked due to some technical problem and Gupta couldn’t come out of the vehicle in time. Police broke the glass of his car to take out his body.

“Forensic experts are carrying out investigation to find out the actual cause of fire,” said a police official and added it is suspected that a technical problem in the AC or a spark in the car might have led to the fire.

“We came to know about the incident around noon after the police informed my uncle, as the car was registered in his name. We are awaiting the post-mortem report,” said Ankush, Gupta’s son.

Gupta, a marble trader, owned a factory in Mangolpuri. He was returning to his residence from the airport, where he had gone to receive his friend’s son, who was coming from Germany. “But Gupta did not meet his friend’s son and was returning alone when the accident took place,” police said.

Police statistics showed that fire incidents inside cars are triggered by fuel leak in the engine bay, coupled with short-circuit. Sometimes a crack near the engine or battery of the car may cause fire.