Two persons, including a 34-year-old Delhi Traffic Police head constable, were mowed down and a businessman trapped in the mangled remains of his own car for an hour, after a speeding minibus ran into three vehicles in north Delhi’s Burari on Monday morning, police said.
“The incident was reported from the Burari chowk area at 11am. The victims have been identified as Head Constable Mohammad Vakiluddin and cyclist Rahul Kumar, 20,” said SS Yadav, DCP (north).
According to police, the errant driver was in a minibus from the Nav Jeewan Adarsh Public School in Gautam Nagar and was en route northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri from Wazirabad when the accident took place.
“He was at the Burari chowk signal when he ran over Rahul, who worked as a factory hand in Wazirabad and was a resident of Karawal Nagar, in a hurry to jump the red light,” said a senior police officer.
“HC Vakiluddin was patrolling the area and was run over when he tried to stop the minibus. The driver rammed into a Santro car before fleeing,” the officer added.
The impact of the hit was such that the car was trapped beneath a low-floor Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus in front of it, police said.
“We had to work with saws and gas cutters for 45 minutes to help free Pawan Kumar, 33, the driver of the Santro car,” the officer said.
“My brother was five metres away from the spot where the minibus rammed into the cyclist. He was trying to stop the errant driver. He was only doing his job,” said Shauqat Ali, 30, Vakiluddin’s brother.
Vakiluddin, Rahul and Pawan were rushed to the Sushruta Trauma Centre where the officer and the factory worker were pronounced dead on arrival.
Pawan was released after being administered first aid.
“We have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving and are on the lookout for the errant driver,” added DCP Yadav.
'Punished for doing his job’
A frantic contingent of Delhi Police officers rushed to the Sushruta Trauma Centre in north Delhi from almost every part of the capital on Monday afternoon.
“He was more than a brother to me and the sole bread earner for his family of five. It’s grave injustice to have been punished just for doing his job,” said Head Constable Dayaram, one of Head Constable Vakiluddin’s batchmates.
“He was a calm man; very helpful,” said Shauqat Ali, the slain officer’s younger brother.
“We just hope his family gets the monetary compensation that is their due. We can all try and pitch-in to ensure that his children go to school,” said another one of HC Vakiluddin’s batchmates, who wanted to remain anonymous.