Road rage: A licence to kill?
In a matter of five hours, 41-year-old Rajiv Jolly Wilson's family got two shocks. First, the loss of his life in an incident that could have been easily avoided. Karan Choudhury reports.delhi Updated: Jan 12, 2011 00:13 IST
In a matter of five hours, 41-year-old Rajiv Jolly Wilson's family got two shocks. First, the loss of his life in an incident that could have been easily avoided.
Then, the knowledge that the alleged killer got away with just a minor charge and a slap on the wrist.
Wilson, the restaurant manager at Amici (an Italian food joint at Khan Market) was just three months into his new job and was happily settled with his wife Nidhi and six-year-old son.
The incident happened around 1.40pm in Rabindra Lane on Subramanium Bharti Marg.
According to friends and family members of the deceased, it is a case of cover-up.
Wilson, a resident of Dwarka in southwest Delhi, had been working in various restaurants.
His last job was at a restaurant in Nehru Place.
His friends and family members are finding it hard to believe that the accused in the case, Jet Airways pilot Vikas Aggarwal, got away with minor charges like rash and negligent driving and death due to negligence. The police said that Aggarwal was alone when the incident happened.
He is a resident of IP Extension.
"It is not a case of rash and negligent driving. He was killed by the accused," Arun Harris, a friend of the victim.
"They did get into an altercation but the other person had a better advantage and we believe, killed him deliberately," Harris added.
Wilson was an active member of RK Puram Sector-4 church and is survived by his father, mother, sister, brother, wife and son.
The police said prima facie it seems to be a case of accident as all Aggarwal was trying to do was drive away.
The police also claim that it was Wilson who allegedly got into a fight with the accused and hit him, too.
"The deceased hit the accused and injured him as well. Aggarwal was trying to drive away and he accidentally ran over the victim. Prima facie it is a case of accident," said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The deceased's family members are, however, not convinced with the line of investigations adopted by the police.
"How can the accused get away with such a minor punishment? It is unfair. We all believe the police is trying to cover up the incident," added Harris.