A car part that broke and fell, after a man allegedly rammed his high end Volvo XC-90 car into a scooter and crushed the rider to death on September 18 , helped investigators solve the Tughlaq Road hit-and-run puzzle on Sunday.
It was a blind case as the police did not have any CCTV footage or any eye witnesses to trace the driver. All that the police had was a part that fell from the bumper when the car hit the scooterist, Harkesh (35), and then rammed into a barricade before zooming off.
“All we knew was that the car rammed into a moped crushing the rider, who works as a jockey at Race Course and injured the pillion. The man riding pillion said that the car hit a barricade and fled towards Safdarjung Enclave. Harkesh died on the spot,” a police officer said.
The investigators took the car part to workshops to identify the car. “We found out that the part belonged to a Volvo XC-90. After the make of the car was identified, we went to showrooms across Delhi and NCR that deal with sale, purchase and servicing of Volvo cars to get information of the car’s owner,” a police source told HT
The police team then found out that there are only 70 Volvo XC-90 across Delhi and NCR. One car costs around R90 lakhs. The police then made a list of all the people who own the car and physically went and checked all of them.
“We made a checklist of all the addresses of people who own this car and went to check each one of them. We also went to the workshops where Volvo cars are serviced to ask if someone had recently come to get a bumper repaired. During investigation, we visited and examined 69 cars but one could not be found. It was later found parked outside a company in Noida. The owner had kept it under a cover,” a police source said.
DCP, New Delhi, Jatin Narwal, told HT that the car has been registered in the name of a Noida-based company. “The company has more than one managing director, so we are yet to ascertain who was on the wheel when the accident happened. The investigation is on and we will make the arrest soon.”