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Medico was about to flee country

The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested the prime accused in the Safdarjung flyover hit-and-run incident on Sunday. Shahid Khan was arrested from the IGI airport minutes before he was about to fly to Ukraine.

delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2010 23:43 IST
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The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested the prime accused in the Safdarjung flyover hit-and-run incident on Sunday. Shahid Khan was arrested from the IGI airport minutes before he was about to fly to Ukraine.

The 24-year-old accused is pursuing his MBBS final year in Kursk Medical University in Ukraine.

"He had managed to board KC 908 Air Astana flight but was made to disembark from the plane," said H.G.S Dhaliwal DCP (south).

The MBBS student allegedly drove his speeding Honda City car over eight labourers, killing four of them. Shahid had come to India on June 24 during vacations and was supposed to go back in the first week of August.

“But due to the incident, he changed his plan,” Dhaliwal said. Khan's father is a property dealer in Mewat.

Khan along with his two friends Shahzad (18) and Alam Khan (23) was returning from a party at Alam's residence in Aula village in Mehrauli when the incident took place at around 2 a.m., the police said.

The police used Shahid's pictures posted on his Orkut profile to identify him and issued a lookout circular for him. This information was handed to the foreign regional registration offices (FRRO), too.

“After the accident, he escaped to Mewat in Haryana. Later, he came to know that some people had died and he could be arrested. He immediately purchased air tickets and planned to leave the country before the police could trace him,” Dhaliwal said.

“While one police team remained outside the airport to track him down, another coordinated with the FRRO. The close coordination resulted in specific identification and location of absconding person in the plane and he was finally made to disembark,” Dhaliwal added.

Meanwhile, the police said minutes before they mowed down the four labourers on Sunday, the drunken trio was involved in another accident in Saket with a Santro car. No one was hurt in the Saket accident.

The trio had already consumed six bottles of beer at the time of the first accident and consumed another six before the next, the police added.