Two classical musicians, who were to perform at the opening ceremony of the India International Trade Fair (IITF) on Monday, were killed in a road accident near Shanti Van traffic signal on Sunday.
The accident happened at around 2pm, when a speeding MCD’s garbage truck ran over the auto in which the musicians were travelling.
Laxman Prasanna, 35, and his nephews Atul Prasanna, 20, and Shivith Prasanna, 23, were going back to their house in Vijay Park in Maujpur after rehearsing at Pragati Maidan, the venue of the trade fair.
The truck first hit the auto, which turned turtle, and then came under the wheels of the truck.
“Atul, a tabla player was brought dead to the hospital whereas his uncle Laxman, a shehnai player died in the hospital. Shivith, a flute player was admitted to hospital with serious injuries,” said a senior police officer.
“The trio, along with Pramod Prasanna, a senior staff musician with the All India Radio and father of Atul and Shivith had to perform at the opening ceremony of the trade fair,”said Omkar Prasanna, a relative of the Prasannas.
The auto driver, Rama Shankar Mishra, 45, a resident of Bhagirathi Vihar in northeast Delhi, was also brought dead to the hospital. “We received a call at 2.07pm saying that a speeding truck coming from Geeta Colony ran over an auto near the Shanti Van traffic light. The victims were rushed to LNJP hospital in PCR vans within minutes of the accident,” said a senior police officer.
The police have impounded the truck but no arrest has been made.
“The truck driver managed to escape. We have registered a case against him and the matter is being interrogated,” the officer added.
“They were very excited about playing at the opening ceremony of the trade fair. It was a big opportunity for young Atul, who was going to play at such a big event for the first time,” said Omkar.