A 39-year-old Delhi Police constable lost his life and his colleague was critically injured when a speeding white Mercedes Benz car rammed into the police patrolling motorcycle they were riding in. The incident happened at 12.45am on Tuesday in west Delhi's Paschim Vihar.
Thirty-six-year-old Gurdeep Singh, who was driving the Mercedes, is a resident of Greater Kailash and the owner of chain restaurants and pubs, including the Ice Lounge in Saket and Addiction in Gurgaon. He was arrested and later released on bail."A medical test confirmed that Singh was not driving under the influence of liquor. A case under sections 304 A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder, 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of IPC were registered against Singh," said V Renganathan, additional CP (west).
Singh was returning home after dropping his fiancée at her residence in Ekta Apartments in Paschim Vihar when the accident took place.
While constable Deepak Kumar Chauhan died in the accident, his colleague Amit Kumar, 24, who was riding pillion, suffered critical injuries and is undergoing treatment at Balaji Action hospital, Paschim Vihar.
"The impact of the hit was so powerful that Chauhan, who was riding the motorcycle, was thrown in the air and he landed on car's windscreen. Kumar's left shoulder hit the windowpane on the driver's side of the car when the bike took a sudden right turn after being hit by the car. Chauhan was dragged along with the bike for around 100 meters by the speeding car. The driver fled the spot in his car, leaving the constables bleeding," said an officer.
Different versions of what happened
There are different versions of what happened to the car and its driver after the accident and also about the sequence of the accident. While the police claim both the constables were riding the same bike, eyewitnesses said that they found only Chauhan bleeding on the spot and the motorcycle a few meters away.
"There was no other person at the spot. I was the first one to reach and make a call to the PCR. Before hitting Chauhan, the Mercedes driver had hit Kumar and a cow near the petrol pump, a few hundred meters before the accident spot," said Raghu Nath, a restaurant manager at B1 market — where the accident took place — adding that the errant driver fled the spot after the accident.
A guard at an ATM booth at the time of the accident also confirmed that he saw just one policeman lying on the spot.
Even on the matter of how the car was traced, there, too, are different versions of the police and the family members of Singh. While the police claim they recovered the car from the parking lot of Saket's mall, Singh's cousin claims that after the accident, Singh panicked but he did not flee the spot.
"He called his childhood friend Prince and later, surrendered. Since he did not escape from the spot, how could his car reach the parking lot at the mall. We, on behalf of him, have apologised to Chauhan's family and have promised to bear the expense of his children's education and other needs," said Singh's cousin, Jaswinder Honey.
While Honey claimed that Singh himself surrendered before the police, Chauhan's family members claimed that the police apprehended him from his residence. On the other hand, investigators claimed that Singh was arrested from near his fiancee's house.