In yet another incident of drink driving, a 22-year-old man mowed down a pavement dweller and critically injured another in Hazrat Nizamuddin in south Delhi in the early hours on Saturday. Manjeet Singh, son of a policeman, was in an inebriated condition when he reportedly lost control of his Maruti Esteem car and trampled one person on the pavement.
He was later produced in a city court and his father refused to bail him out saying that his son was not at fault.
After the accident occurred, Manjeet was pulled out of the car and beaten by the locals.
“Though it is a bailable offence, Manjeet’s father refused to bail him out. He did not fill the bail bond papers and was adamant that his son was innocent,” said a senior police officer.
Manjeet’s father Dharampal is posted as an assistant sub inspector (ASI) at Karol Bagh police station.
Manjeet Singh works with a private security agency at Chattarpur. At the time of the incident, his employee Mayank was also in the car. The two were returning from a bar at Lajpat Nagar. The car is owned by Mayank, a resident of Safdarjung Enclave.
The police said they were on their way to Comesum, a 24-hour restaurant at the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, when the accident occurred.
The incident occurred at around 2.30 am on Saturday near the Nizamuddin railway lines.
“Both the men were drunk. They were caught by the locals who beat Manjeet and handed him to the police,” said the officer.
The police said the deceased has been identified as Nakul (60), a native of Maharashtra. The slum where he lived was demolished two years ago. He slept on the pavements. The one who was injured has been identified as Ram Pyaare. He is admitted at AIIMS with critical injuries.
A medical test of Manjeet confirmed that he had consumed alcohol.
The police said though the place where the accident occurred is crowded, the accused was speeding and crashed into the pavement.
“We have arrested the driver and a medical test confirmed that he was drunk,” said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).