An area sales manager with a telecom giant was charred to death when his moving car caught fire at 11.45am near Azadpur in north west Delhi on Thursday morning.
The victim, Pradeep Arora, is survived by his five month pregnant wife.Arora, 28, was out for some field work when the fuel tank of his silver Alto caught fire due to a mechanical fault, the police said. "As soon as Arora, who was coming from the Azadpur side, approached Mukundpur area, smoke started billowing out of his car’s engine. He tried to get out, but the car burst into flames in a matter of seconds," said Shiv Shankar, an eye witness.
Arora, an MBA from a Ghaziabad based management college, was a resident of Babarpur in Shahdara. “He left home at around 9.30 am for work. He had come to Delhi two months ago from Dehradun for this job. We saw the news of his death on TV and rushed to the spot. Meanwhile, the police contacted us and confirmed his death,” said Surender Arora, brother of Pradeep.
“His body was charred beyond recognition. A rod in his left arm, which had been inserted after he suffered from multiple fractures in an accident last year, helped in his identifying,” added Surender.
His charred body was found lying on the left side of the car. “It seems that he panicked and tried to escape but couldn’t get out as the central locking system of his car was jammed,” a senior police officer said.
Arora bought the car a week before his marriage in 2010. “He was the youngest in the family. We haven’t told his wife yet,” said an inconsolable Radhey Shyam Arora, Pradeep’s father.
“Initial investigations by a forensic team suggested that a fire broke out in the fuel tank. He was driving the car in the service lane when it caught fire,” the police officer added
Arora, who joined Airtel DTH services last month, was looking after the sales division of east Delhi area. His office was in Netaji Subhash Palace. He had just applied for his official visiting cards on Wednesday.