For three Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, a Sunday morning leisure trip to the Capital’s tourist spots turned out to be their last.
The accident took place when the air force officers were heading to Akshardham Temple after spending a bright Sunday morning at the Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns.
A Skoda car, driven by one Nishant Kumar (26), approaching the area from Janpath, banged into their Maruti van at the Rajpath-Janpath crossing.
“We were going to Akshardham Temple from Rajpath when a Skoda car, driven at high speed, crashed into our vehicle at the red light,” said Ajay Yadav, a non-commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force, who fractured his left arm in the accident.
Three other air force personnel — Lakhan Das, who was driving the van, Manish Chauhan and SK Chakravarty — died because of severe head injuries. The police are investigating whether the Skoda driver jumped the traffic signal.
“It is possible that the traffic light was blinking at the time of the accident and the Skoda driver did not slow down. We are looking into all the angles and have arrested Nishant Kumar, the Skoda driver,” said a senior police officer.
The Skoda car is owned by SL Ganpati, a resident of Kalkaji. Kumar, a resident of Pul Prahladpur near Badarpur, had been working as his driver for the past four years, the police said. The injured — identified as Chakravarty’s wife Meenakshi (45), SS Vaishakh (24), Shailendra (23) and Ajay Yadav (22) — are undergoing treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
2 kids dead, 3 hurt in other mishaps
Meanwhile, two children were killed and three others suffered injuries in two other accidents on manic Sunday.
Gautam Joshi (11) was travelling with his father Govardhan Joshi, when a car hit their bike at Sardar Patel Marg.
“Around 7pm, a family of four was going to Connaught Place on a motorcycle, when a car rammed them from behind. They were rushed to RML hospital, where the boy was declared brought dead,” a senior police officer said.
“Govardhan works in the audit department of the Indian Army,” he added.
In another accident, Roopa (12) was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Khajoori Khas area of northeast Delhi on Sunday morning. In this regard, a case has been registered at the Khajoori Khas police station.