A three-and-a-half-year old boy was run over outside his house in southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh, allegedly by a speeding tempo driven by a drunk driver, on Friday morning.
Chinmay was playing outside his house and his father Devinder (30) stood just a few metres away when the accident took place, said police. Chinmay was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he died of injuries.
A senior police officer said a drunk Dabbu did not see Chinmay playing and did not stop his vehicle after running him over. In his statement to the police, Shah claimed he did not realise the boy was crushed under his vehicle.
“Shah kept on driving even after the boy was run over by his vehicle. He stopped the tempo only when locals screamed and alerted him about the accident,” said a senior officer.
A mob caught the errant tempo driver, Dabbu Shah (30), and beat him up before a police team could arrive. Dabbu was admitted in a nearby hospital with multiple injuries.
“Some agitated residents caught hold of him and brutally beat him up before our team reached and took him into custody,” the officer said.
Police sources said Shah was alone in the tempo and liquor bottles were found inside it. Shah’s medical examination confirmed he was drunk at the time of the accident. Shah drove fast even and didn’t honk though the lane outside Chinmay’s house was narrow.
“We arrested him for rash and negligent driving causing death,” said the officer.