The bloodstains on Pankaj Kumar Yadav’s clothes had dried by Monday afternoon but the horror of the previous night and the disappointment thereafter were still fresh in the 24-year-old’s eyes.
“I did all I could to save them and they fought their death for hours but God proved each of us wrong in the end,” said Yadav, as he wiped his tears waiting outside the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Monday afternoon.
Minutes after a speeding white Honda City ran over 12 of his co-workers on the Safdarjung Flyover in south Delhi on Sunday night, Yadav carried one of the most grievously injured on each shoulder and ran the 2 km distance to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
“Both of them, Vikas Kumar (25) and Joginder (21), succumbed to their injuries around 4:30 a.m. on Monday,” Yadav said.
Police said the errant vehicle was being driven by Shahid Khan (25), a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan.
“Shahid and his cousin Alam (23) and friend Shahzad (18) were returning from a party when the accident took place. The car belongs to Alam’s father. He had handed it over to Shazad so that he could ‘enjoy a breezy, late night drive in the capital',” a senior police officer from the investigation team told Hindustan Times.
The trio ended up killing four persons, including 14-year-old Abhinandan.
“Abhinandan was spitting out a lot of blood but was conscious after being run over. He said he would pull through, so we thought it better to send him off to Safdarjung Hospital in the PCR. He died three hours later,” said Pintush Kumar Yadav (18).
Pankaj and Pintush, both from Bihar’s Motihari district, were crushed after the doctors pronounced their “favourite brother” dead.
“We took turns to wait on Abhinandan at the Safdarjung hospital. His parents were apprehensive when they left him here. But Pankaj and I told them that since we were from the same district, we would treat him like our own little brother,” said a dismayed Pintush.
“I don’t know how we will face them.”